Ryan Skinnell

A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes

Ryan Skinnell is assistant professor of rhetoric and composition and assistant writing program administrator in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. He is a coeditor of What We Wish We’d Known: Negotiating Graduate School and his research has appeared in Composition Studies, Enculturation, JAC, Rhetoric Review, WPA: Writing Program Administration, and edited collections.

Melania Trump’s speech can remind us of lessons about plagiarism that extend beyond partisan gamesmanship.

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