From Form to Meaning:
Freshman Composition and
the Long Sixties, 1957-1974

Pittsburgh, PA:
Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2011.

2012 Outstanding Book Award,
2011 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize,
City of Rhetoric:
Revitalizing the Public Sphere
in Metropolitan America

Albany, NY:
SUNY Press, 2008.

Articles, Chapters, & Essays

“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.)


Other Words:
A Writer’s Reader

Dubuque, IA:
Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.




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