Series Editors
Thomas Rickert and Jennifer Bay
Purdue University

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The Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition honors the contributions Janice Lauer Hutton has made to the emergence of Rhetoric and Composition as a discipline. It publishes scholarship that carries on Professor Lauer’s varied work in the history of written rhetoric, disciplinarity in composition studies, contemporary pedagogical theory, and written literacy theory and research.

View the Books in the Series

Submission and Contact Information

Queries should be directed to Thomas Rickert and Jennifer Bay, Department of English, Purdue University, 500 Oval Dr., West Lafayette, IN, 47907. Email: and

Review our full submission guidelines here.

Your proposal should outline the rationale and projected audience for the book and its relation to other books in the field; include the book's table of contents or a chapter outline, the estimated length and the timetable for completion, and the introduction and (if available) a sample chapter. Please also send the CV of the author(s) or editor(s).

Books in the Series

  • Global Rhetorical Traditions (Graban and Wu)
  • Pedagogical Perspectives on Cognition and Writing (J. Michael Rifenburg, Patricia Portanova, and Duane Roen, 2021)
  • Creole Composition: Academic Writing and Rhetoric in the Anglophone Caribbean (Milson-Whyte, Oenbring, & Jaquette, 2019) *Winner, MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize and CCCC Best Book Award, 2021.
  • Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies (Enoch & Jack, 2019)
  • Facing the Sky: Composing through Trauma in Word and Image (Fox, 2016)
  • Expel the Pretender: Rhetoric Renounced and the Politics of Style (Wiederhold, 2015)
  • First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice (Coxwell-Teague & Lunsford, 2014)
  • Contingency, Immanence, and the Subject of Rhetoric (Richardson, 2013)
  • Rewriting Success in Rhetoric & Composition Careers (Goodburn, LeCourt, Leverenz, 2012)
  • Writing a Progressive Past: Women Teaching and Writing in the Progressive Era (Mastrangelo, 2012)
  • Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle, 2e, Rev. and Exp. Ed. (Enos, 2012)
  • Rhetoric’s Earthly Realm: Heidegger, Sophistry, and the Gorgian Kairos (Miller, 2011) *Winner of the Olson Award for Best Book in Rhetorical Theory 2011
  • Techne, from Neoclassicism to Postmodernism: Understanding Writing as a Useful, Teachable Art (Pender, 2011)
  • Walking and Talking Feminist Rhetorics: Landmark Essays and Controversies (Buchanan & Ryan, 2010)
  • Transforming English Studies: New Voices in an Emerging Genre (Ostergaard, Ludwig, & Nugent, 2009)
  • Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics (Lipson & Binkley, 2009)
  • Roman Rhetoric: Revolution and the Greek Influence, Rev. and Exp Ed. (Enos, 2008)
  • Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis (Eble & Gaillet, 2008)
  • Writers Without Borders: Writing and Teaching in Troubled Times (Bloom, 2008)
  • 1977: A Cultural Moment in Composition (Henze, Selzer, % Sharer, 2008)
  • The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration (Enos & Borrowman, 2008)
  • Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics, (Dew & Horning, 2007)
  • Networked Process: Dissolving Boundaries of Process and Post-Process (Foster, 2007)
  • Composing a Community: A History of Writing Across the Curriculum (McLeod & Soven, 2006)
  • Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline (L’Eplattenier and Mastrangelo, 2004). Winner of the WPA Best Book Award for 2004–2005
  • Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures: Refiguring College English Studies Exp. Ed. (Berlin, 2003)

About the Editors

Thomas Rickert is Professor of English at Purdue University. His recent publications include Acts of Enjoyment: Rhetoric, Zizek, and the Return of the Subject, published by the U of Pittsburgh Press (2007), "Toward the Chora: Kristeva, Derrida, and Ulmer on Emplaced Invention" in Philosophy and Rhetoric 40.3 (2007), and "New Media and the Fourfold" (With Jennifer Bay) in JAC 28: 1-2 (2008). Recent course topics include Postmodern theory (Engl 626) and a genealogy of the contemporary university (Engl 680I). His most recent book, Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being (Pittsburgh UP, 2013) won the CCCC Best Book Award in 2014.

Jennifer Bay is Associate Professor of English and Director of Professional Writing at Purdue University, where she teaches courses in the Professional Writing undergraduate major and in the Rhetoric and Composition graduate program. Her most recent graduate courses include Gender, Rhetoric, and the Body and New Media. Professor Bay's research deals with theories of emerging technologies, histories of rhetoric and composition, feminist rhetorics, and the rhetoric of maternity leave policies. Her work has appeared in journals such as DialogueEnculturation, and JAC.