Carnegie Mellon University

Suguru Ishizaki

Suguru Ishizaki

Professor of English, Director of Professional & Technical Writing Undergraduate Programs and the MAPW Program

  • Posner Hall 270
Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall 259, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Area of Study

Humanities Analytics, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing and Communication


I am a scholar/designer specializing in communication and user experience design, with over 30 years of experience in both academia and industry. Currently, I am Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, where I direct the Professional & Technical Writing Programs. My current research focuses on computer-assisted rhetorical analysis and AI-enabled environments for writing instruction. My professional experience includes traditional visual communication design, visualization of complex information, and user experience design for enterprise applications.

Before my current appointment, I worked as a senior staff engineer at Qualcomm, where I worked on the research and development as well as the product management of early mobile applications. Prior to that, I was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's School of Design.



Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Laboratory

M.S. Visual Studies., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Laboratory

Bachelor of Arts and Design, University of Tsukuba

Curriculum Vitae



Beigman K. B., Ramineni, C., Kaufer, D., Yeoh, P., Ishizaki, S. (2019). Advancing the Validity Argument for Standardized Writing Tests using Quantitative Rhetorical Analysis. Language Testing, 36(1), 125-144.

Boettger, R. & Ishizaki S. (2018). Introduction to the Special Issue: Data-Driven Approaches to Research and Teaching in Professional and Technical Communication. (Eds. Boettger, R. Ishizaki, S.) IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 61 (4).

Beigman Klebanov, B., Kaufer, D., Yeoh, P., Ishizaki, S., Holtzman, S. (2016). Argumentative writing in assessment and instruction: A comparative perspective. In Genre in Discourse and Cognition: Concepts, Modes, and Methods. Stukker, N., Spooren, W., & Steen, G. (eds.), Mouton de Gruyter.

Al-Malki, A., Kaufer, D., Ishizaki, S., & Dreher, K. (2012). Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Oh, Y., Ishizaki, S., Gross, M., & Do, E. Y.-L. (2012). A theoretical framework of design critiquing in architecture studios. Design Studies, 33(4), 302-325.

Ishizaki, S. (2011). Assessing typographic knowledge using timed tests. IEEE Transaction on Professional Communication, 54(2), 105-121.

Ishizaki, S., & Kaufer, D. (2011). DocuScope: Computer-aided rhetorical analysis. In P. McCarthy & C. Boonthum (Eds.), Applied Natural Language Processing and Content Analysis: Advances in Identification, Investigation, and Resolution (pp. 276-297). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Ishizaki, S. (2011, October). A model of aesthetic experience, in Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Professional Communication (IPCC 2011).

Ishizaki, S. (2009, July). Toward a unified theory of visual-verbal strategies in communication design. Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC 2009).

Kaufer, D., Ishizaki, S., Butler, B., & Collins, J. (2004). The Power of Words: Language and the Priming of Audience, Unveiling the Speaker and Writer’s Hidden Craft. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Ishizaki, S. (2003). Improvisational Design: Continuous, Responsive Digital Design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ishizaki, S. (1997). Multiagent model of dynamic design: Visualization as an emergent behavior of active design agent. In M. N. Huhns & M. P. Singh (Eds.), Readings in Agents (pp. 172-180). San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann. (Originally published in Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI '96, April 1996.)