Carnegie Mellon University

Will Penman

Will Penman

Ph.D. Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I study how people change over time when they have an "aspirational" rhetoric, which is any way of communicating that might not come naturally. For my dissertation, I'm working with white Christians volunteers from a church-led urban farm as they aspire to rhetorical practices that counter white privilege with servanthood, in-group attachment with hospitality, and assumptions of knowledgeableness with relationships. I also have academic interests in the modes of communication that people use, and how technology shapes these modes. I earned my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Florida, and my M.A. in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. I teach introductory academic reading and writing skills, in general sections and sections specifically for multilingual students.