Carnegie Mellon University

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Assistant Teaching Professor of English, Liberal & Social Sciences

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I joined the Qatar faculty after completing my Ph.D. in Rhetoric at CMU in 2013. I have taught introductory courses in academic writing and argumentation, Style, Writing in the Professions, Language and Culture, and Introduction to Discourse Analysis.

I am currently pursuing two lines of research: one focuses on the relationship between discourse, identity, and place; the other focuses on academic writing development. These two lines of inquiry are linked by the methods I use—ethnography and discourse analysis—and by the multicultural contexts that are significant to each. Two broad questions inform my research: What is the role of rhetoric in representations of place and place-based identities, especially when particular meanings about the same place are contested due to place-change brought about by multiculturalism? How can close linguistic analysis of academic writing inform pedagogy that leads to improved literacy development among linguistically and culturally diverse students?

My recent work has appeared in The Journal of Second Language Writing and Linguistics and Education.