From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974 (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). Winner2012 Outstanding Book Award, CCCC; 2011 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, MLA. Reviews: S. E. Vie, Choice (November 2011); Lucie Moussu, English Studies in Canada, 38.2 (June 2012): 210-215; Lisa Mastrangelo and Wendy Sharer, College English, 75.1 (September 2012): 95-106; Jacob Babb, Composition Studies, 40.2 (Fall 2012): 145-148; Dana Nichols, Academe, 99.1 (January-February 2013): 47-48; Chris Warnick, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 41.2 (December 2013): 192-193; John Scenters-Zapico, College Composition and Communication, 66.2 (December 2014): 351-367. Interview by Annette Vee, Enculturation (February 12, 2012). For chapter 1, click here.


City of Rhetoric:  Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008). Reviews: Joan Farber McAlister, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 39.3 (June 2009): 303-306; Richard Marback, Rhetoric Review, 28.4 (October 2009): 433-436; Jordynn Jack, College English, 72.2 (November 2009): 188-198; Samuel C. Shaw, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 12.4 (Winter 2009): 668-670; David Coogan, JAC, 29.4 (2009): 843-848; Jenny Edbauer Rice, Quarterly Journal of Speech, 96.1 (February 2010): 103-106; Ron Davidson, Aether, 8.A (September 2011): 89-91. For chapter 1, click here.



Articles, Chapters, & Essays

(See also my ScholarWorks site.)

Quintilian: The Perfect Orator.” Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics. Ed. Ronald C. Arnett, Annette M. Holba, and Susan Mancino. Forthcoming from Peter Lang Publishing.

Afterword.” The Memoir of Ednah Shepard Thomas by Ednah Shepard Thomas. Ed. David Stock. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins and Boulder, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2017. 485-494. Available here.

Quintilian, Progymnasmata, and Rhetorical Education Today.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 19.2 (2016): 124-141.

Rhetoric and Argumentation.”  A Guide to Composition Pedagogies, 2nd ed.  Eds. Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper Taggart, Kurt Schick, and Brooke Hessler.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.  248-265.

March 1865: The End of Elegance.” Rhetoric Review, 32.4 (2013): 375-396.

The Lost Meadows of Northampton.”  The Massachusetts Review, 54.1 (2013): 115-144.

Finding a Place for School in Rhetoric’s Public Turn.”  Rhetoric and Social Change: The Public Work of Scholars and Students.  Ed. David Coogan and John Ackerman.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2010.  211-228.

Rhetoric Revival or Process Revolution? Revisiting the Emergence of Composition-Rhetoric as a Discipline.”  Renewing Rhetoric’s Relation to Composition: Essays in Honor of Theresa Jarnagin Enos.  Ed. Shane Borrowman, Stuart C. Brown, and Thomas P. Miller.  New York: Routledge, 2009.  25-52.

Becoming Rhetorical: An Education in the Topics.”  The Realms of Rhetoric: Inquiries into the Prospects for Rhetoric Education.  Ed. Deepika Bahri & Joseph Petraglia.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2003.  93-116.

The Very Idea of a Progymnasmata.”  Rhetoric Review, 22.2 (2003): 105-120.

Subjects of the Inner City: Writing the People of Cabrini-Green.” Towards a Rhetoric of Everyday Life: New Directions in Research on Writing, Text, and Discourse.  Ed. Martin Nystrand and John Duffy.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.  207-244.

The Streets of Thurii: Discourse, Democracy, and Design in the Classical Polis.”  Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 32.3 (Summer, 2002): 5-32.

The End of Composition-Rhetoric.”  Visions and Revisions: Continuity and Change in Rhetoric and Composition.  Ed. James D. Williams.  Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.  109-129.

Rhetoric as a Course of Study.”  College English 61.2 (November, 1998): 169-191.

Design Talk: Constructing the Object in Studio Conversations.” Design Issues 14.2 (Summer, 1998): 41-62.

The Space of Argumentation: Urban Design, Civic Discourse, and the Dream of the Good City.”  Argumentation 12.2 (May, 1998): 147-166.  (Reprinted in Readings on Argumentation.  Eds. Angela J. Aguayo and Timothy R. Steffensmeier.  State College, PA: Strata Press, 2008.)

Epistemologies of Style.”  Issues in Writing 8.2 (Spring, 1997): 134-157.

Learning to Link Artifact and Value: The Arguments of Student Designers.” Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 2.1 (April, 1997): 58-84.

Can Pictures Be Arguments?”  Argumentation and Advocacy 33.1 (Summer, 1996): 11-22.

Professional-Client Discourse in Design: Variation in Accounts of Social Roles and Material Artifacts by Designers and their Clients.”  Text 16.2 (April, 1996): 133-160.

The Search for an Integrational Account of Language: Roy Harris and Conversation Analysis.”  Language Sciences 17.1 (January, 1995): 73-98.  (Reprinted as “Is Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis an ‘Integrational’ Account of Language?” in Linguistics Inside Out: Roy Harris and His Critics.  Ed. George Wolf and Nigel Love.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1997.  182-207.)

Collaborative Argument Across the Visual/Verbal Interface.”  Technical Communication Quarterly 2.1 (Winter, 1993): 37-49.  (Co-authored with David Kaufer, Mark Werner, and Ann Sinsheimer-Weeks.)

Book Reviews

Review of Lincoln’s Last Speech: Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunionby Louis P. Masur. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 46.2 (2016): 491-492.

Review of The Genuine Teachers of This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquityby Jeffrey Walker (U of South Carolina P, 2011). Rhetoric Review, 31.4 (2012): 479-483.

Review of Local Histories: Reading the Archives of Composition, eds., Patricia Donahue and Gretchen Flesher Moon (U of Pittsburgh P, 2007) and Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process, eds., Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan (Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP). Rhetoric Review, 29.1 (2010): 96-101.

Review of Sizing Up Rhetoric, eds., David Zarefsky and Elizabeth Benacka (Long Grove, IL: Waveland P, 2008).  Rhetoric Review, 28.1 (2009): 94-99.

Review of The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition, eds., Richard Graff, Arthur E. Walzer, and Janet M. Atwill (Albany: State U of New York P, 2005). Rhetoric Review, 25.4 (2006): 445-459.

Review of Rhetorical Education in America, eds., Cheryl Glenn, Margaret M. Lyday, and Wendy B. Sharer (Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2004). Rhetoric Review, 25.2 (2006): 215-220.


Other Words:
A Writer’s Reader

Dubuque, IA:
Kendall Hunt, 2009.

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The Rhetoric of Design: Argument, Story, Picture, and Talk in a Student Design Project. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University, 1996.