Ryan Skinnell

January 21, 2016

Conceding Composition

A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes

January 21, 2016

Ryan Skinnell

Ryan Skinnell is associate professor of rhetoric and writing at San José State University. He has written or edited six 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 2021 he was named “Rhetorician of the Year” by the Young Rhetoricians’ Conference.

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October 25, 2016

The Timeless Wisdom of a Plagiarized Convention Speech

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

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June 08, 2016

Why It Is Worth Reconsidering the Common Sense about Bureaucracy

In 2008, the CIA declassified a World War II document titled the Simple Sabotage Field Manual. The SSFM was produced by the Office of Strategic Services to help “ordinary citizens” in enemy or occupied territory conceive of ways to support Allied war efforts.

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