I’m Dr. Ryan Skinnell, an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. I earned my PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics at Arizona State University in 2011. I’ve taught rhetoric and writing for nearly two decades at four universities to students ranging from pre-baccalaureate freshpeople to doctoral candidates.
My current research focuses on political rhetoric, especially as it relates to authoritarianism, demagoguery, and democracy. I’ve published six books and more than 100 essays, articles, and reviews about rhetoric, politics, and higher education. I am currently writing a book about Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric.