Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Marian Aguiar

Marian Aguiar

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 145 L

Phone: (412) 268-3714

Email: aguiar@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

My fields of expertise include culture and globalization, postcolonial and transnational studies. I have a particular interest in the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. My research has focused on the question, "What does it mean to be modern?" My first book, Tracking Modernity: India, Trains, and the Culture of Mobility (University of Minnesota, 2011), explores cultural representations of modernity by considering how the railway was imagined in colonial, nationalist and postcolonial South Asian contexts. 

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Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein

Professor of English

Office: BH 260 C

Phone: (412) 268-6445

Email: janebern@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://www.janebernstein.net/

Programs: Creative Writing, Professional Writing

When I joined the writing program here in 1991, I thought of myself as a fiction writer. In the years since then, I've found myself drawn to other genres. My new book, Rachel in the World, is a memoir, as were the two books that preceded it. I've published essays in such places as Ms. Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, The New York Times Magazine, Self, and Creative Nonfiction and written several scripts, among them the screenplay for Seven Minutes in Heaven, a Warner Brothers Film.

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Gerald Costanzo

Gerald Costanzo

Professor of English

Office: BH 233

Phone: (412) 268-2861

Email: gc3d@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://www.cmu.edu/universitypress/

Program: Creative Writing

Carnegie Mellon University Press, which I founded in 1975, publishes twenty books each year in the fields of poetry, short fiction, memoir, history, art history, education, and business. Perhaps the Press' most notable book has been Rita Dove's Thomas and Beulah, which in 1987 received The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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Doug Coulson

Doug Coulson

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 245 A

Phone: (412) 268-4857

Email: dcoulson@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Rhetoric

My research focuses primarily on forensic rhetoric, including the relationship of ethical, moral, and legal rules or principles to particular cases, the rhetoric of judgment more generally, citizenship and nationality discourse, 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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Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels

Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English

Office: BH 260 B

Phone: (412) 268-2842

Email: jd6s@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Creative Writing

I have been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. Poetry, fiction, and screenwriting are my primary research and teaching interests. Recent books include Birth Marks (2103) and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (2011), poetry; and Trigger Man, short fiction (2011). My next book of stories, Eight Mile High, will be published later in 2014. I have written three produced screenplays, including, most recently, "Mr. Pleasant.” Street, a book of my poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky, won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association.

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Sharon Dilworth

Sharon Dilworth

Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing

Office: BH 260 F

Phone: (412) 268-6446

Email: sd20@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Creative Writing

As an artist in mid-career my creative work in fiction explores the tragedies and resonances of middle age. In my new work I have attempted to discern the timbre and qualities that have emerged in my own adult life by creating characters whose desires are circumscribed by the landscapes and pasts they can no longer escape. I think my latest writing is more resonant emotionally than my earlier work. It deals more with ambiguity and paradox and attempts to capture the sadness and grace notes of everyday life.

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Linda Flower

Linda Flower

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 H

Phone: (412) 268-2863

Email: lf54@andrew.cmu.edu

Programs: Rhetoric, Professional Writing

I am drawn to rhetoric as an art of discovery and change, of inquiry and social action. My current work brings the emerging theories of deliberative democracy and the public sphere to the design of sites of intercultural inquiry, such as the community think tanks on educational and workplace issues, in which my students are involved.

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Kevin González

Kevin González

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 260 G

Phone: (412) 268-9195

Email: keving@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Creative Writing
I teach courses in fiction and poetry.  I'm the author of a collection of poems, Cultural Studies, and am currently at work on a novel, excerpts of which have appeared in Playboy, Narrative Magazine, Best New American Voices, and Best American Nonrequired Reading.  In addition to teaching and writing, I edit the literary magazine jubilat, and, along with Lauren Shapiro, I co-edited an anthology of American poetry titled The New Census (Rescue Press, 2013).  I received a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from Carnegie Mellon, an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  Prior to returning to Carnegie Mellon as a faculty member, I was an Assistant Professor at Trinity College in Connecticut.  



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

Programs: Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics

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, Director Rhetoric Program

Office: BH 145 D

Phone: (412) 268-4103

Email: suguru@andrew.cmu.edu

Programs: Professional Writing, Rhetoric

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/

Programs: Rhetoric, Professional Writing, Linguistics

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 K

Phone: (412) 268-1074

Email: kaufer@andrew.cmu.edu

Programs: Rhetoric, Professional Writing

I am a professor of rhetoric with interests in the qualitative and quantitative analysis of rhetoric, writing and written information, and technologies for text analysis and text collaboration. Between 1994 and 2009, I was Head of English at Carnegie Mellon. I was a co-founder of a well-reputed 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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Alan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 F

Phone: (412) 268-7175

Email: ak2w@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

My primary academic interest is in the study of the art of literature. I maintain an interest in a wide range of literature. In particular I'm interested in the issue of how literature 'communicates' and to that end, continue to work on trying to understand what could be known as 'the rhetoric of literature', with particular attention to fiction as a focus for my writing.

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Jon Klancher

Jon Klancher

Professor of English, Director of Literary and Cultural Studies Program

Office: BH 245 F

Phone: (412) 268-2852

Email: jk2@andrew.cmu.edu

Curriculum Vitae  [.doc]

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

My research has focused on the British Romantic and Victorian periods, print history, and the sociology of culture.  I am especially interested in the emergence of new fields of knowledge in the early nineteenth century and have recently completed a book on this topic, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013).  I am also working on the historical relationship of so-called "new" and "old" media in a project on book history, the long nineteenth century, and the current debates around new media and digital humanities. I have edited A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age for Blackwell and contributed to a wide range of collections and reference books. I am also author of The Making of English Reading Audiences 1790-1832 and related essays on Romantic-age cultural and media history. 

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Peggy Knapp

Peggy Knapp

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 J

Phone: (412) 268-6453

Email: pk07@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

I am especially interested in what can be discovered about imaginative and argumentative texts from medieval and early modern England through the use of literary and aesthetic theory. I founded and for many years edited an annual book series called Assays: Critical Approaches to Medieval and Renaissance Texts, an international forum for the discussion of those questions. 

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Hilary Masters

Hilary Masters

Professor of English

Office: BH 260 A

Phone: (412) 268-6443

Email: hm05@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Creative Writing

My working experience as a journalist, a Broadway Press agent and even some history in politics have all found a place and nurtured my writing. My work sounds themes of abandonment—the different kinds of abandonment, physical, spiritual and moral while I try to represent men and women in contemporary America.     

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Jane McCafferty

Jane McCafferty

Professor of English

Office: BH 260 B-1

Phone: (412) 268-7177

Email: janem@andrew.cmu.edu

Programs: Creative Writing, Professional Writing

I teach a variety of fiction and non-fiction courses. My favorite of these is Literary Journalism; I'm always awed by what many students are able to produce in this genre. I like to watch students learn to tell stories that expand their vision of their own communities, and their own lives. Our students usually end up teaching me more than I can teach them. 

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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

Programs: Professional Writing, Rhetoric

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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Kathy M. Newman

Kathy M. Newman

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 145 N

Phone: (412) 268-6450

Email: kn4@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

My primary interest is in the relationship between "mass culture" and the "masses"—the dialectical relationship between our institutions of television, film, radio, and print culture and our social/political formations (Raymond Williams). 

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John Oddo

John Oddo

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 245 R

Email: joddo@andrew.cmu.edu

Programs: Rhetoric, Professional Writing

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. For a long time, I have been interested in how U.S. presidents rearticulate generic rhetorical strategies to manipulate the public and draw the country into hostilities. Recently, I have also focused on the ways that media institutions recontextualize and modify the claims of political leaders during the run-up to war—often enhancing the "call-to-arms message."

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Richard Purcell

Richard Purcell

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 245 B

Phone: (412) 268-2614

Email: rpurcell@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

My name is Richard Purcell and I am the author of Race, Ralph Ellison and American Cold War Intellectual Culture (Palgrave 2013) and specialize in twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, literary criticism and critical theory. I also have secondary specialties in African-American literature, Film and Media Studies and Cold War Studies.  Recently, I have begun to explore the intellectual as well as socio-political connections between post-secularity, contemporary humanistic thought and genetic science.  These concerns are represented in my next book project, tentatively called “The Genetic Imagination”, which looks to explore the above trinity in literature and media, humanistic intellectual history as well as contemporary political and public debates around genetic science.

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Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 D

Phone: (412) 268-6221

Email: aritivoi@andrew.cmu.edu

Programs: Rhetoric, Professional Writing

My research interests include rhetorical theory and Continental philosophy, narrative and identity, exile and transnationalism, Eastern European societies, and controversy. 

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Karen Schnakenberg

Karen 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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David R. Shumway

David R. Shumway

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 J

Phone: (412) 268-7176

Email: shumway@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

I research and teach in American culture and cultural theory. My special interests in American culture include film, popular music, and late nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. My theoretical interests concern the historical and institutional production of knowledge, cultural politics, and theories of identity. 

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Kristina Straub

Kristina Straub

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 K

Phone: (412) 268-6458

Email: ks3t@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

My interests are in feminist cultural studies, sexuality studies, performance studies, and eighteenth-century British cultural studies. My first book, Divided Fictions, was among a handful of feminist reconsiderations of the novelist Frances Burney that helped to change the assessment of that writer during the 1980s. Sexual Suspects, a book about actors and ideologies of sexuality in eighteenth-century Britain, helped to direct theater and feminist studies of the early modern period toward a now-burgeoning interest in performance and its cultural contexts, particularly how sexuality is imagined in popular culture. 

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Christopher Warren

Christopher Warren

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 245 M

Email: cnwarren@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

I specialize in Renaissance literature as it relates to questions of politics, law, international political thought, and intellectual history.

My current book project investigates Renaissance literature’s complex and often-neglected contributions to the history of international law by reading Renaissance poets including Shakespeare, Donne, Grotius, and Milton in the dual contexts of literary history and the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century formation of international law.

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Necia Werner

Necia Werner

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

Office: BH 245L

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

Teaching Professor & Director of First-Year Writing

Office: BH 259

Phone: (412) 268-4468

Email: dfz@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Rhetoric

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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Jeffrey Williams

Jeffrey Williams

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 P

Phone: (412) 268-1977

Email: jwill@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Literary and Cultural Studies

What is criticism for? What does it mean to be a cultural critic? I've tried to answer that question in a range of essays, such as "The Posttheory Generation" and "The New Belletrism," as well as in a series of interviews, some of which are collected in Critics at Work: Interviews 1993-2003 (NYU, 2004). One aim of criticism that I think is especially important is to look at the state of higher education, and I have focused particularly on student debt, for instance in "Debt Education" and "Student Debt and the Spirit of Indenture," both in Dissent.

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Joanna Wolfe

Joanna Wolfe

Director of the Global Communication Center, Teaching Professor of English

Office: BH 145 B

Phone: (412) 268-2850

Email: jowolfe@andrew.cmu.edu

Program: Rhetoric

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

Programs: Professional Writing, Rhetoric

James Wynn is Associate Professor of English and Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University. His interest is in the study of rhetoric, science, and mathematics. His first book Evolution by the Numbers (2012) examines how mathematics was argued into the study of variation, evolution, and heredity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his most recent scholarship, he has focused on citizen science in the digital age and how it is reshaping the relationships between scientists, lay persons, and governments.

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