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Paul Lynch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of English

Prison Program


Ph.D. in English, Purdue University, 2008

Research Interests

Lynch’s primary interest is in rhetorical religious discourse. His current work focuses on the rhetorical and religious implications of the thought of Bruno Latour and René Girard. He has also written about composition theory and pedagogy. In addition to coordinating the writing program, Lynch has also taught in the College in Prison Program.

Publications and Media Placements

“On Care for Our Common Discourse: Pope Francis’s Nonmodern Epideictic.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 47.5 (2017): 463-482.

“Rescuing Rhetoric: Kenneth Burke, René Girard, and the Forms of Conversion.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture.” 24 (2017): 139-158.

“Twenty-Five Years of Faith in Writing: Religion and Composition.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. 6.2. Co-authored with Matthew Miller.

“The Attractions of Imperfection: Pope Francis’s Undisciplined Rhetoric.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 5.1 Web. 2015.

The Prison Dictionary. Editor and Faculty Advisor. Saint Louis University College in Prison Program, Prison Arts Program, 2015.

Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition. Co-edited with Nathaniel Rivers. Carbondale: SIUP, 2015. 

After Pedagogy: The Experience of Teaching. Studies of Writing and Rhetoric Series. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2013.