David S. Kaufer
Professor of English and Rhetoric, English
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
BioMy 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.