Rob McAlear

Assistant Professor of EnglishDirector of the Writing ProgramZink Hall 313

I work at the intersection of rhetoric, narrative, and writing studies. My current book project, Resistance and Rhetorical Form in Post-Cold War North American Dystopias, investigates how dystopian narratives use their rhetorical form to model political resistance. My composition research focuses on the writing process, program assessment measures, community writing, and classroom pedagogy.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • B.A., Tufts University

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Rhetoric
  • Writing Studies
  • Narrative Theory

Courses Taught at TU

  • Rhetoric And Composition:Theory & Pedagogy (ENGL 7403)


  • “The Value of Fear: Toward a Rhetorical Model of Dystopian Criticism.”
    Interdisciplinary Humanities 27.2 (2010): 27-35
  • “The Ideology of the Wissenvine: Critique and Closure in Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s Green-Sky Trilogy.”
    Studies in the Novel 42.1 and 2 (2010): 139-153.
  • “Hate, Narrative, and Propaganda in The Turner Diaries.”
    The Journal of American Culture. 32.3 (2009): 191-201.