Professor and Department Head, English
308 Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5242


  • Ph.D., California-Irvine

Teaching and Research Interests

rhetorical theory; critical theory; Renaissance literature

Selected Publications

The Elements (and Pleasures) of Difficulty. With Mariolina Rizzi Salvatori. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005.

Local Histories

Reading the Archives of Composition. Edited with Gretchen Flesher Moon. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Press, 2007.

Reclaiming Pedagogy

The Rhetoric of the Classroom. Edited with Ellen Quandahl. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989.