Carnegie Mellon University

Andreea Ritivoi

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

William S. Dietrich Professor of English, Department Head

Area of Study

Global Communication and Applied Translation, Professional Writing, Rhetoric


My research interests include rhetorical theory and Continental philosophy, narrative and identity, exile and transnationalism, Eastern European societies, and controversy. I teach courses on contemporary rhetorical theory, argument, research methods, international communication, and narrative theory. I am the author of Yesterday's Self: Nostalgia and the Construction of Personal Identity (Rowman and Littlefield 2002) and Paul Ricoeur: Tradition and Innovation in Rhetorical Theory (SUNY 2006), and the editor of Interpretation and Its Objects: Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz (Rodopi 2004) and (with Richard Howells and Judith Schachter) of Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society (Palgrave MacMillan 2012). I serve on the editorial board of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Storyworlds, and Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • MA, University of Bucharest
  • BA, University of Bucharest

Selected Publications

Paul Ricoeur: Tradition and Innovation in Rhetorical Theory, State University of New York

Press, 2006.

Yesterday’s Self: Nostalgia and the Immigrant Experience, Rowman & Littlefied, 2002.

“The Transylvanian Babel: Negotiating National Identity through Language in a Disputed Territory,” with Monika Baar (equal contribution from each author), in Language and Communication, 26.3-4/2006.

“Rhetoric and Literary Theory in the 20th Century,” with Richard Graff, in Handbook of Rhetoric and Stylistic, Mouton de Gruyter, 2009.