From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974 (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).

Winner2012 Outstanding Book Award, CCCC.  Winner2011 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).

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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.

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Articles, Chapters, & Essays

(See also my ScholarWorks, ResearchGate, and Google Scholar sites.)

A Role for the Progymnasmata in English Education Today.” Les progymnasmata en pratique, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, eds. Pierre Chiron and Benoît Sans (Paris: Éditions Rue d’Ulm, Presses de l’École normale supérieure [ENS], 2020). 381-400.

Fear of Persuasion in the English Language Arts.” College English, 81.6 (July, 2019): 508-541. Winner, 2019 Richard C. Ohmann Award, NCTE.

Quintilian: The Perfect Orator.” Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics. Ed. Ronald C. Arnett, Annette M. Holba, and Susan Mancino. Bern: Peter Lang, 2018. 397-401.

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 The Two Cultures of English: Literature, Composition, and the Moment of Rhetoric by Jason Maxwell (Fordham UP, 2019). The ALH Online Review, 22 (2020): 1-4.

Review of Lincoln’s Last Speech: Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion by Louis P. Masur (Oxford UP, 2015). Presidential Studies Quarterly, 46.2 (2016): 491-492.

Review of The Genuine Teachers of This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquity by 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 (Southern Illinois UP, 2008). Rhetoric Review, 29.1 (2010): 96-101.

Review of Sizing Up Rhetoric, eds., David Zarefsky and Elizabeth Benacka (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 (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 (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.