Carnegie Mellon University

Department Head; English, 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.