Rhetoric Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Doug Coulson

Doug Coulson

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 245 A

Phone: (412) 268-4857

Email: dcoulson@andrew.cmu.edu

My scholarship and teaching focuses on legal rhetoric and argumentation, the relationship between legalism and casuistry in forensic discourse, the rhetoric of nationalism and globalization, professional and technical writing, and the history and theory of rhetoric. My current book project explores the rhetorical strategy by which groups unite against common enemies as it appears in a series of judicial cases between 1878 and 1952 deciding whether petitioners for naturalized citizenship in the United States were “free white persons” as required by the United States naturalization act at the time. My scholarship has appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, the Journal for the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review.

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Linda Flower

Linda Flower

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 H

Phone: (412) 268-2863

Email: lf54@andrew.cmu.edu

Cognitive rhetoric is a new area of rhetorical research that invites curiosity about the ways people actually construct meaning as they read and write. As a cognitive rhetorician I am interested in the thinking process writers go through as they read a situation, plan, write, and revise and in the different problem-solving strategies experienced and developing writers use.

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Paul Hopper

Paul Hopper

Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of the Humanities Emeritus

Office: BH 245 N

Phone: (412) 268-7174

Email: hopper@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://home.eserver.org/hopper/default.html

My research and teaching have been centered on the connections between rhetoric (discourse) and grammar (linguistic structure). I am interested in working out the implications of an idea first broached by me in 1988, that structure is not immanent in a language but "emerges" through repetitions of favored word groupings in discourse.

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Suguru Ishizaki

Suguru Ishizaki

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 145 D

Phone: (412) 268-4103

Email: suguru@andrew.cmu.edu

My research focuses on developing tools for communication design. My work in the past several years has addressed problems and opportunities associated with the design of digital communication media. In my book, Improvisational Design: Continuous Responsive Digital Communication (MIT Press, 2003), I proposed a descriptive model of design—along with a series of computational experiments—that would allow designers to represent design solutions that are responsive to dynamic changes in the information recipient's intention, in the situation, and in the information.

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Barbara Johnstone

Barbara Johnstone

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 H

Phone: (412) 268-6447

Email: bj4@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://works.bepress.com/barbara_johnstone/

My work is in an area that might be called "discourse studies," at the intersection of rhetoric, linguistics, and critical theory. I have worked on persuasive styles and strategies in the Middle East, on narrative in the American heartland, on the forms and functions of repetition in language, and on the role of the individual in language and linguistics.

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David S. Kaufer

David S. Kaufer

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 F

Phone: (412) 268-1074

Email: kaufer@andrew.cmu.edu

I am a professor of rhetoric with interests in the qualitative and quantitative analysis of rhetoric, writing and written information. Between 1994 and 2009, I was Head of English at Carnegie Mellon. I was a co-founder of a successful and ongoing interdisciplinary MDes (Master of Communication Planning and Information Design) program that is co-administered by the School of Design (in the College of Fine Arts) and the Department of English (in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences) at Carnegie Mellon.

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Chris Neuwirth

Chris Neuwirth

Department Head, English; Professor of English and Human Computer Interaction

Office: BH 259

Phone: (412) 268-8702

Email: cmn@cmu.edu

My research activities have focused on developing theory- and research-based computer tools for reading and writing, as well as conducting empirical research that explores the effects of those tools.

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John Oddo

John Oddo

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 245 R

Email: joddo@andrew.cmu.edu

My research draws on theories of rhetoric, discourse, and multimodality to critically examine how powerful agents use language (and other symbols) to generate support for war. The focal point of my research is "intertextual rhetoric"—that is, rhetoric that operates across texts and across time.

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Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

Associate Professor of English, Director of Rhetoric Program

Office: BH 245 D

Phone: (412) 268-6221

Email: aritivoi@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests are in several fields, such as rhetorical theory, rhetoric of science, intellectual history, and intercultural communication.

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Karen Rossi Schnakenberg

Karen Rossi Schnakenberg

Teaching Professor (Emeritus) of English

Email: krs@cmu.edu

My interests lie at the intersections of course and curriculum design, professional and technical writing, the history of writing instruction in higher education, pedagogy, and the teaching of writing. In research I have a long-standing interest in methods for communicating specialized information to non-expert audiences, particularly in situations where the non-expert needs to use the information to make decisions or to inform action.

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Necia Werner

Necia Werner

Assistant Teaching Professor of English, Director of Undergraduate Professional and Technical Writing

Office: BH 245 L

Phone: (412) 268-2659

Email: nkw@cmu.edu

My interests lie at the intersection of professional and technical writing, the rhetoric of science and technology, and communicating expert knowledge to non-expert audiences. My research includes work on the rhetoric of peer review at scientific journals, the ways in which editors' methods for peer review have been shaped over time by a variety of rhetorical exigencies, and how editors communicate their expectations to authors and reviewers.

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Danielle Zawodny Wetzel

Danielle Zawodny Wetzel

Associate Teaching Professor & Director of First-Year Writing

Office: BH 259

Phone: (412) 268-4468

Email: dfz@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://english.cmu.edu/first_year/index.html

I'm interested in all things related to the teaching and assessment of reading and writing—especially at the intersection of rhetoric, applied linguistics, and composition.

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Joanna Wolfe

Joanna Wolfe

Director of the Global Communication Center, Teaching Professor of English

Office: BH 259

Phone: (412) 268-2850

Email: jowolfe@andrew.cmu.edu

My research centers on writing pedagogy and communication styles, with a particular interest in gender and communication in technical settings.  I am joining CMU to start up the new Global Communication Center, where I hope to experiment with new methods for improving communication instruction across the university.

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James Wynn

James Wynn

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 145 M

Phone: (412) 268-9765

Email: jwynn@andrew.cmu.edu

My primary interest is in the intersection of science, mathematics, and rhetoric. My forthcoming book Evolution by the Numbers explores the confluence of these three fields in the development of theories of evolution and heredity in the nineteenth century.

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