College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Brian Stone

Assistant Professor | Cultural rhetorics, assessment, critical pedagogy


Ph.D. in English–Rhetoric and Composition, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014
M.A. English–British Literature, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests

History and theory of cultural rhetorics, history of rhetoric, assessment, WAC/WID, rhetoric and composition theory, critical pedagogy, verbal data analysis.

Recent Publications

The Art of Rhetoric in Early Medieval Ireland: Saints, Scholars, and Druids. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

“Critical Hip-Hop Rhetoric Pedagogy and Freshman Composition at an Historically Black University: A Pilot Study” Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition. Cambridge Scholars. Edited by Jill Dallman. 2018.

“Critical Hip Hop Rhetoric Pedagogy” Perspectives on Blackness in Writing Program Administration: From Margin to Center. Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series. Edited by Staci Perryman-Clark and Collin Craig. 2017.

“HBCUs and Writing Programs: Critical Hip Hop Rhetoric Pedagogy and First-Year Student Success” Composition Studies 44.2 Fall 2016.

“Very Like a Whale: The Assessment of Writing Programs” Book Review. Composition Studies Fall 44.2 Fall 2016.

“C.07 Assessment’s Historical Dismissal of Writer and Reader Experience.” CCCC 2015 Reviews, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 19.3 (2015).

“Scriptural Ethos and Imitatio: The Pauline Epistles and St. Patrick.” Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 34 (2014).

“Rhetorical Re-tellings: Senchas Fagbála Caisil and 12th Century Church Reform in Ireland.” Quaestio Insularis: Selected Proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic 12 (2011): 109-125.


ENG 110: First-Year Composition
ENG 207: Survey of British Literature I
ENG 355: Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
ENG 581: History of Rhetoric