Ryan Skinnell

A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes

Ryan Skinnell is assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at San José State University. He has written or edited five books, including Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley, Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes and Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us about Donald J. Trump. He has published multiple essays in journals and edited collections, and in 2015 he was awarded the Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award.

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