James Wynn-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

James Wynn

Associate Professor of English

Office: Baker Hall 145 M
Phone: (412) 268-9765
Fax: (412) 268-7989


James Wynn has published articles on rhetoric, mathematics, and science in Rhetorica, Written Communication, and 19th Century Prose. His recent interests have been in rhetoric, science, mathematics and public policy with a focus on nuclear power. He is a founder and current director of the Pittsburgh Consortium for Rhetoric and Discourse Studies.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • MA, Case Western Reserve University
  • BS, Eastern Michigan University



Evolution by Numbers: The Origins of Mathematical Argument in Biology. West Lafayette: Parlor P. 2012. Print.

Refereed Journals

"A New Species of Argument: The Role Of Mathematics in Darwin's The Origin of the Species." 19th Century Prose 38.1 (2011).

"Arithmetic of the Species: Darwin and the Role of Mathematics in his Argumentation." Rhetorica 27.1 (2009).

"Alone in the Garden: How Gregor Mandel's Inattention to Audience May Have Affected the Reception of His Theory of Inheritance in 'Experiments in Plant Hybridization'." Written Communication 24.1 (2007): 3-27.

Curriculum Vitae