I’m an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and an Assistant Writing Program Administrator in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. I earned a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics from Arizona State University in 2011. Since 2005, I’ve taught rhetoric and writing at four universities to students rangingContinue reading “About”

Writing & Research

Research Interests Dr. Skinnell is an expert in political rhetoric, especially as it relates to authoritarianism, demagoguery, and democracy. He is also an SJSU faculty media expert in political speech, politics, and rhetoric and a 2020-2021 Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellow. Dr. Skinnell has published six books, including Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can TeachContinue reading “Writing & Research”


Please contact me for a complete version of my teaching philosophy. Teaching Interests Writing and Rhetoric courses at all levels (developmental to graduate) Histories of Rhetoric and Composition Composition Theory Rhetorical Theory Writing Pedagogy Courses San José State University (2015-present) Graduate ENGL 298: Special Study: Rhetorical Traditions of the Near and Middle East ENGL 298:Continue reading “Teaching”


Administrative Positions Interim Writing Program Administrator, San José State University, Fall 2022 Hiring, On-boarding, & Staffing Budgeting First-Year Writing, Directed-Self Placement, and Stretch English Support Transfer & Equivalence Evaluation Program Policies & Oversight Assistant Writing Program Administrator, San José State University, 2015-present Writing Program Assessment and Evaluation Graduate Teaching Associate Coordination Faculty Hiring, Development, &Continue reading “Administration”

Curriculum Vitae

Please contact me for a complete version of my curriculum vitae. Education | Academic Appointments | Publications | Editorial | Teaching | Presentations | Selected Service | Honors & Awards EDUCATION Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, Composition, & Linguistics, Arizona State University, 2011 M.A. in English (w/ distinction), Rhetoric & Composition Theory, California State University, Northridge,Continue reading “Curriculum Vitae”


Online  Ryan [dot] Skinnell [at] sjsu [dot] edu  www.RyanSkinnell.com  https://dissoitopoi.home.blog https://ryan-skinnell.medium.com/  @rhetrickery  ryan.skinnell  ryanskinnell Mail San José State University Department of English & Comparative Literature Faculty Offices 102 One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0090 Phone office: 408-924-4207 department: 408-924-4425 Networks SJSU ScholarWorks  UNT Scholarly Works Google Scholar  Amazon Author Page  Academia.edu Muck Rack  HumanitiesContinue reading “Contact”