Carnegie Mellon University

Andreea Ritivoi

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

William S. Dietrich Professor of English and Department Head

Area of Study

Global Communication and Applied Translation, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing and Communication


Andreea Deciu Ritivoi is William S. Dietrich Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, as well co-editor of the narrative studies journal Storyworlds. Her research interests include political rhetoric, hermeneutics, narrative studies, and migration. She is the author of Yesterday's Self: Nostalgia and the Construction of Personal Identity (Rowman and Littlefield 2002); Paul Ricoeur: Tradition and Innovation in Rhetorical Theory (SUNY Press, 2006); Intimate Strangers: Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Edward Said in American Political Discourse (Columbia University Press, 2014). She is editor and co-editor of Interpretation and Its Objects (Rodopi Press, 2003); Outrage! Controversy, Art, and Society (Palgrave MacMillan 2012, with Richard Howells and Judith Schachter); Interpretation, Relativism, and Identity (Lexington Press 2018, with Christine Koggel), and has published numerous articles.


PhD, University of Minnesota


rhetorical theory, narrative studies, hermeneutics, migration

Selected Publications

“The Crooked Shall Be Made Straight: Nations, Statehood, and the Imperative of Love in Paul Tillich and Paul Ricoeur,” in Paul Tillich and Paul Ricoeur en dialogue, eds. Marc Boss and Marc Dumas. DeGruyter, 2022.

"Affect and Narrative," in Narrative and Trauma, eds. Colin Davis and Hanna Meretoja. Routledge, 2020.

"Reading with Arendt: Aesthetic Representation for an Ethics of Alterity," in Humanities 8.4/2019.

 “Narrative in Dark Times,” in Storytelling and Ethics. Literature, Visual Arts, and the Power of Narrative, Eds. Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis, Routledge, 2017.

“Reading Stories, Reading (Others’) Lives: Empathy, Intersubjectivity, and Narrative Understanding,” in Storyworlds 8.1/2016.

“The Nation’s Cathedral: Memory and Public Art in Post-communist Romania,” in Outrage: Controversy, Art, and Society, eds. Howells, Richard, Andreea Ritivoi and Judith Schachter, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.