About

Introduction

I am an Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing in the Department of English at San José State University, where I teach writing and rhetoric courses at all levels. As an Assistant Writing Program Administrator, I also oversee teaching associate hiring and training, program development and assessment, and faculty development.

My current research investigates political and public discourse, especially as it relates to authoritarian, demagogic, and extremist rhetoric. I also write about bureaucracy, institutional rhetoric, histories of rhetoric and writing (particularly in American higher education), historiography, and archives.

I have written, edited, or co-edited five books, including Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes (2016) and Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump (2018). My scholarship also appears in numerous academic journals, book collections, and popular press outlets.

Short Bio

Ryan Skinnell is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing in the Department of English at San José State University. He is the author or editor of five books, including Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes (Utah State University Press, 2016) and Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump (Societas, 2018). Dr. Skinnell has also published numerous essays in academic and popular outlets on rhetoric, writing education, and political speech.

Long Bio

Ryan Skinnell is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and Assistant Writing Program Administrator in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. Dr. Skinnell earned his PhD in rhetoric, composition, and linguistics from Arizona State University in 2011, after which he spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of North Texas. In 2015, he accepted a faculty and administrative position at San José State. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and writing, Dr. Skinnell has taught faculty seminars in San Jose, California and Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr. Skinnell is also involved in program administration. During his time at ASU, he was an assistant director of writing programs, and he is now one of three writing program administrators at SJSU. His main responsibilities in SJSU’s writing program include hiring and training teaching associates, developing and assessing the writing program, and facilitating faculty development.

Dr. Skinnell’s current research and writing focus primarily on political and public rhetoric—specifically how politicians, public figures, and citizens use persuasive language to influence public policy. His recent publications focus on political and public discourse as it relates to authoritarian, demagogic, and extremist rhetoric. Dr. Skinnell also writes about bureaucracy, institutional rhetoric, histories of rhetoric and writing (particularly in American higher education), historiography, and archives. He is the author or editor of five books, including Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes (Utah State University Press, 2016) and Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump (Societas, 2018). Dr. Skinnell has also published numerous essays in academic and popular outlets on rhetoric, writing education, and political speech; and he is the review editor for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.

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