Carnegie Mellon University

James Wynn

James Wynn

Associate Professor of English

Area of Study

Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing and Communication


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.


  • 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