About

Introduction

I am an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition 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 oversee teaching associate hiring and training, program development and assessment, and faculty development.

My current research investigates public discourse in contemporary American politics, especially as it relates to authoritarian, demagogic, and extremist rhetoric. I also write about bureaucracy, institutional rhetoric, histories of rhetoric and writing (particularly in 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 assistant professor of rhetoric and writing 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 assistant professor of rhetoric and composition in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University in San Jose, California. 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 the position at San José State. In addition to teaching rhetoric and writing courses at all levels, including faculty seminars in San Jose, California and Islamabad, Pakistan, Dr. Skinnell has been involved in program administration, first as an assistant director of writing programs at ASU and now as an assistant writing program administration 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 public rhetoric—how politicians, public figures, and average citizens use persuasive language to influence public policy. He also writes about bureaucracy, institutional rhetoric, histories of rhetoric and writing (particularly in 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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