David S. Kaufer-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

David S. Kaufer

Professor of English and Rhetoric, English

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.268.2850


My interests are in qualitative and quantitative theories of rhetoric, writing and written information. I co-chair an interdisciplinary masters program between English and the School of Design in the College of Fine Arts. For the past decade, I have been interested in investigating rhetoric as an art of design and this research interest has dove-tailed well with my administrative interest in co-directing a program between English and the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. My research interests have led to theoretical (Kaufer & Butler, 1996) and more practical books (Kaufer & Butler, 2000) relating rhetoric and design. My recent work has involved collaborating on software interfaces that allow researchers and students to analyze texts visually for their locally patterns of rhetorical design. I am currently working on a book (with Suguru Ishizaki and Jeff Collins, along with Brian Butler), that associates multi-word English patterns with rhetorical effects. This book explains the rhetorical/language theory behind the visualization software. I am developing new courses in rhetorical analysis and World Englishes.