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About the Authors

Managing Editors

Derek G. Handley
Derek is a PhD student in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently teaching as an Officer-Instructor in the English Department at the United States Naval Academy. He holds a B.A. in English Arts from Hampton University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are African American rhetoric, rhetoric and leadership, and argumentation.

Garrett Stack
Garrett is a PhD student in rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds an MA in rhetoric and writing studies from San Diego State University, and a BA in journalism from Indiana University. His research interests include environmental rhetoric and the history of environmentalism in America, as well as argumentation in media and mass communications.


Founding Editors

Doug Cloud (emeritus)
Doug holds an MA and PhD in rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in journalism from Ohio University. He is interested in argumentation, counterpublics, and the role of identity categories in public discourse. He is currently an assistant professor at Colorado State University.

Hilary Franklin (emeritus)
Hilary holds an MA and PhD in rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in English from Haverford College. She is interested in Asian American rhetoric, media, and (counter)public theory. She can still be found on campus at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence.

Alexis Teagarden (emeritus)
Alexis holds a PhD in rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Government and English from Georgetown University. Her research is on public sphere theory and the rhetoric of public policy, particularly arguments about charter schools and education reform. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Matt Zebrowski (emeritus)
Matt holds a PhD rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Linguistics from Temple University and a BA in English from Wilkes University. He researches epideictic rhetoric in consumer culture, and his dissertation examines the relationship between branding and consumer activism in the organic food industry.

The four founding editors are alumni of the Rhetoric Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

and our Illustrator

Kate Holterhoff
Kate is a PhD student in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds an MA in English Literature and a BFA, with a concentration in painting, from the University of Cincinnati.  Her current studies focus on science, anthropology and aesthetics in the Victorian period.


Carolyn Commer, Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel Dickson-LaPrade, Carnegie Mellon University

Wenhao Diao, Carnegie Mellon University

Hailley Fargo, Coe College

Cody Jackson, Arkansas State University

Ashley Karlin, Carnegie Mellon University

Justin Mando, Carnegie Mellon University

Bill Marcellino, Carnegie Mellon University

Astrid Øksnevad, University of London

Will Penman, Carnegie Mellon University

Ethan Pullman, Carnegie Mellon University

Ryan Roderick, Carnegie Mellon University

Susan Ryan, Carnegie Mellon University

Kurt Sampsel, Carnegie Mellon University

David Seitz, University of Pittsburgh

Jeff Swift, North Carolina State University

Benedict Teagarden, University of London

Avery Jacob Wiscomb, Carnegie Mellon University

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