Carnegie Mellon University

Department Head, Professor of English


My research interests are in several fields, such as rhetorical theory, rhetoric of science, intellectual history, and intercultural communication. I've tried to bring them all together in a book, Yesterday's Self: Nostalgia and the Construction of Personal Identity, which was published in 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. My concern in this book is to understand how individuals develop a sense of who they are by creating narratives about themselves and others. I am now working on a book coming out with SUNY Press on modern rhetorical theory with emphasis on Paul Ricouer's contribution to rhetorical studies, especially concerning issues like representation and figuration. I teach professional writing and the rhetoric of science.


  • 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.