A professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I teach undergraduate courses in writing and graduate courses in composition-rhetoric.  From 2007-2011, I also directed the University Writing Program.  My research interests include histories of rhetoric, theories of argument, and pedagogies of writing.  My publications include City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America (SUNY Press, 2008) and From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974 (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).  For more about me, see the menu items at the top of this page.  In addition:

  • Learn about the University’s “Common Read” – now in its 5th year! (I am former co-chair.)
  • Check out the syllabi for my fall 2015 courses: English 494EI Writing, Identity, and English Studies and English 891RP Rhetorics of Place, Space, and Geography – coming soon!
  • And follow my City of Rhetoric blog, developed in 2013 at the Plangere Culture Lab!