Carnegie Mellon University

Andreea Ritivoi

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

Professor of English

  • Baker Hall 267
  • 412-268-6221
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My research interests include rhetorical theory and Continental philosophy, narrative and identity, exile and transnationalism, Eastern European societies, and controversy. I teach courses on contemporary rhetorical theory, argument, research methods, international communication, and narrative theory. I am the author of Yesterday's Self: Nostalgia and the Construction of Personal Identity (Rowman and Littlefield 2002) and Paul Ricoeur: Tradition and Innovation in Rhetorical Theory (SUNY 2006), and the editor of Interpretation and Its Objects: Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz (Rodopi 2004) and (with Richard Howells and Judith Schachter) of Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society (Palgrave MacMillan 2012). I serve on the editorial board of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Storyworlds, and Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies.


  • 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.