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David Kaufer

Head and Professor of English
Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-2850

Education | Research | Publications | Recent Courses Taught


Graduate Fellowship. University of Chicago. Linguistic Pragmatics

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin. Communication [Return]
Major research interests

I share identities as a textual researcher and a rhetorical analyst. As a textual researcher, I am interested in how texts encapsulate experiences for readers and the implications of this fact for writing education and textual research. As a rhetorical analyst, I am interested in various material contexts where speakers and writers seek to influence audiences through their linguistic designs.[Return]


David Kaufer, Suguru Ishizaki, Brian Butler, Jeff Collins (2004). The Power of Words: Unveiling the Speaker and Writer’s Hidden Craft. Lawrence Erlbaum.
David Kaufer & Brian Butler (2000). Designing Interactive Worlds with Words: Principles of Writing as Representational Composition. Lawrence Erlbaum.
Kaufer, David & Brian Butler (1996).  Rhetoric and the Arts of Design. Lawrence Erlbaum.

David Kaufer & Kathleen Carley. (1993). Communication at a Distance: The Influence of Print on Socio-Cultural Organization and Change. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Davida Charney, Chris Neuwirth, David Kaufer, Cheryl Geisler, (2006) Having Your Say: Exploring Public Argument. Longman.
Kaufer, David, C. Geisler, & C. Neuwirth (1989). Arguing from Sources: Exploring Issues Through Reading and Writing. Harcourt Brace.
Selected Journal Publications

David Kaufer & Robert Hariman (forthcoming). A Corpus Analysis Evaluating Hariman’s Theory of Political Style. Text & Talk.

Todd Oakley and David Kaufer (2007). Designing Clinical Experiences with Words: The Three Layers of Analysis in Clinical Reports; A Dilemma for Mental Spaces and Genre Theory; In Mental Space Approaches to Discourse and Interaction, Ed. Anders Hougaard and Todd Oakley, John Benjamins.
David Kaufer, Suguru Ishizaki, Amal Al-Malki (2007) A framework for training writing Teachers in the discourse patterns underlying  cross-institutional writing Assignments,” in Sustaining excellence in ‘communicating across the curriculum: Cross-institutional experiences and best practices,” Cambridge Scholars Press, UK. 
David Kaufer, Cheryl Geisler, Pantelis Vlachos, Suguru Ishizaki, (2006) “Mining Textual Knowledge for Writing Research and Education,” in Writing & Digital Media, ed. L Van Waes, M. Leijten, and C. Neuwirth. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 115-129.
David Kaufer and Suguru Ishizaki (2006). A corpus study of canned letters: Mining the latent rhetorical proficiencies marketed to writers in a hurry and non-writers. IEEE Transactions of Professional Communication, 49:3, pp. 254-266.
David Kaufer, (2006)  Genre variation and minority ethnic identity: Exploring the Personal Profile in Indian American Community Publications. Discourse & Society, 17:6, 761-784.
David Kaufer, Cheryl Geisler, Suguru Ishizaki, Pantelis Vlachos, (2005) “Computer-Support for Genre Analysis and Discovery” in Ambient Intelligence for Scientific Discovery, ed. Yang Cai, Springer, 129-151.
David Kaufer, Suguru Ishizaki, Jeff Collins, and Pantelis Vlachos, (2004) “Teaching Language Awareness in Rhetorical Choice Using IText and Visualization in Classroom Genre Assignments.” Journal for Business and Technical Communication, 18:3 361-402.
David Kaufer (2004). Public vs. Private Rhetoric: An Analysis of the NY Times Writer’s on Writing Series, in The Public in Rhetorical Theory ed. T. Kent and B. Couture, Utah State Press, pp. 163-185.
Jeff Collins, David Kaufer, Pantelis Vlachos, Brian Butler, Suguru Ishizaki (2004) “Detecting Collaborations in Text. Comparing the Authors' Rhetorical Language Choices in the Federalist Papers. Computers in the Humanities 15 (1) pp. 15-36.
Cheryl Geisler, David Kaufer & Itext Working Group  (2001) “Future Directions for Research on the Relationship Between Information Technology and Writing” Journal of Business and Technical Communication.” Parts I (pp. 270-308). 
Recent Courses Taught at CMU

Corpus-Based Rhetorical Analysis 

Rhetorical Analysis

Information in Narrative and Argument


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