Journal History

Double Helix was founded in 2013 by Robert Smart. It developed from Quinnipiac University's WAC and WID initiatives, originally funded by the Davis Education Foundation and conceived as a means to support and proliferate international writing-across-the-curriculum and writing-in-the-disciplines scholarship.

Our appropriation of the term "double helix" is inspired by the work of Ann E. Berthoff, who found in Watson and Crick's discovery an essential metaphor for describing the composing process. The text is taken from Berthoff's 1981 work, The Making of Meaning. In our usage, the connected strands of the double helix represent acts of writing at the intersection of thought and language.

The Double Helix logo was designed by Nicole Misencik, a student of Interactive Digital Design at Quinnipiac University.