I am a rhetorical theorist in the English Department of The Ohio State University, teaching writing on the Newark Campus. I am currently working on a book on the the way that national museums shape and reflect national identity around the world.
Associate Professor, Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy
Co-Director, Minor in Professional Writing
Department of English
The Ohio State University
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
I hold a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition (Texas Christian University, 2004) and an MFA in Creative Writing (Texas State University, 1999). Currently, I teach courses in rhetorical theory, research methods, textual analysis, linguistics, and professional writing. I have previously taught writing at both TCU and Texas State, as well as at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, where I spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow. After the publication of my first book, I was named the top new scholar in the field of Burkean rhetorical studies at the Kenneth Burke Society’s triennial conference. Over the past five years I have traveled to over 20 countries on 6 continents studying national museums. I spent autumn of 2012 in Europe, with a grant from the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, working with the European National Museums Project, and I am currently finishing a book on rhetoric in national museums.
In my spare time, I caregive my mother, play with my family, and spend time in nature. I have co-authored a suspense novel that includes as characters both the Pope and Kenneth Burke, and I hope to find time to work on a memoir of (busy) life in the middle years.
Education is about finding out what form of work for you is closest to being play—work you do so easily that it restores you as you go.
–Mark Edmundson, “Who are You and What are You Doing Here?” Best American Essays 2012