Kisiel holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (Columbia College Chicago), an
MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies (Birkbeck College, University of London),
and a PhD in Literature (University of Essex, UK). Her background includes work
in the fields of immigration law, training and development, creative writing,
and improvisational storytelling and movement. Integrating the arts with
workplace, cultural, and identity concerns, she aims to cultivate onsite and
online classrooms that enable adult learners to express themselves deeply and
authentically. A travel writing scholar with a focus on Illinois and Ohio
Valley history and early American culture, her research and
writing explores intersections between travel, culture and creativity, and
perceptions of early nineteenth-century British travelers about slavery. Dr.
Kisiel is also an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar who presents and writes
about the struggle to keep Illinois from becoming a slave state during the
early years of statehood.