Public Writing

Books | Articles & Essays | Interviews | Media/News

Rhetoric and citizenship have always informed one another, but in the last century, rhetoricians have often ended up written primarily for academic audiences. There are good reasons for this, but I’m increasingly interested in rhetoric’s connections to citizenship beyond the academy. And I am increasingly committed to connecting my scholarly work to public interests. This includes trying to write/speak for public audiences, engaging in public advocacy & social justice work, and popularizing rhetorical research. My goal, ultimately, is to facilitate connections between rhetoric & the citizens it’s supposed to serve.


Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Exeter, UK: Societas Press, 2018. (

Bureaucracy: A Love Story (Aquiline Books, 2018)


What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. TrumpThe Academic Minute. AAC&U & WAMC Northeast Public Radio. 23 May 2018.

“What Passes for Truth in the Trump Era: Telling It Like It Isn’t.” Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Ed. Ryan Skinnell. Exeter, UK: Societas (2018): 76-94.

Donald Trump and the Rhetoric of Honest Lying.” Citizen Critics, 01 May 2018.

Making Spaces for Diverse Writing Practice” with Cindy Baer. Literacy & NCTE: The Official Blog of the National Council of Teachers of English. NCTE. 17 Dec. 2016

The Timeless Wisdom of a Plagiarized Convention Speech.” The University Press of Colorado Blog. University Press of Colorado. 25 Oct. 2016.

Why It Is Worth Reconsidering the Common Sense about Bureaucracy.” The University Press of Colorado Blog. University Press of Colorado. 08 Jun. 2016.

Why Donald Trump’s Promises of Disaster Might be Part of His Appeal.” Ten Miles Square. The Washington Monthly. 31 Mar. 2016.

Why Studying Writing Matters.” International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities. National University of Modern Languages-Islamabad, via video. (Oct. 2015)

Bureaucracy: A Love Story.” Special exhibit co-curated with Gabriel Cervantes, Dahlia Porter, & Kelly Wisecup. UNT Rare Books & Archives, January 15-May 20, 2015.

Airlines’ Request for More Info Not Worth Our Time.” Daily Sundial. 18 May 2005: 10.

Religious Right Gains Power—Unfortunately Uses It.” Daily Sundial. 19 Apr. 2005: 10. Rpt. in The African-American Resource Guide. (2005): 5-7. 23 Sept. 2007.

College Study Abroad Boycott Misguided.” Daily Sundial. 15 Mar. 2005: 10.

America’s Brand New Enemy: Merry Ole’ England.” Daily Sundial. 28 Feb. 2005: 11.

“Rice’s ‘Diplomatic’ Past Will Affect America’s Future.” Daily Sundial. 15 Feb. 2005: 10.


Interview with Sarah Snyder. “Spotlight on Alumni: Ryan Skinnell.” Arizona State University Writing Notes. Spring 2018.

Interview with Joel Heng Hartse for the Language U podcast: “Episode 4: Conceding Composition with Ryan Skinnell.” Feb. 24, 2017.

Three Questions with Ryan Skinnell, Assistant Professor at San José State University.” Unique Collections at UNT Libraries. University Libraries, University of North Texas. Nov. 19, 2015.

“An Interview with Dr. Ryan Skinnell, by Khadija Maleeha, Urooj Sheeza, & Zirwa Gulzar.” Rawal Chronicle, 2013-2014. Government Post Graduate College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (Jun. 20, 2014): 12-8.


SJSU Prof Takes on Trump in ‘Faking the News,’” Silicon Valley Metro, 5/23/18

Faking the News,” ASU Now, Arizona State University, 5/2018

UNT exhibit explores bureaucracy in everyday life,” Lewisville Leader, 3/12/2015