Nina Conrad is a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. She is an alumna of the University of Arizona, where she held the National Merit Scholarship and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Art History. Prior to entering her doctoral program, she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Nina’s research examines student writing as a social practice in higher education. She is interested in literacy brokering (the involvement of others besides named authors) in the production of student texts and its implications for students and their institutions. Based on findings from her master’s research, she is challenging assumptions about international students and non-native English speakers by arguing that these labels are not equivalent, nor do they properly represent students' linguistic repertoires. Nina grew up in Seattle, and enjoys hiking, yoga, and vegetable gardening.