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Richard R. McNabb

Professor of English

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The University of Arizona


Richard McNabb earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from The University of Arizona. His primary research interests include classical rhetoric, medieval rhetoric, and eighteenth-century rhetoric. Since joining the English Department at LIU Post, Dr. McNabb has taught a variety of courses, including first-year writing, grammar and usage, classical rhetoric, theories of persuasion, and eighteenth-century rhetoric.


Rhetoric, Composition Theory


Author, “Inventing Authority: Rhetorical Appeals in Thirteenth-century Spanish Letters.” Cogency: A Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation (2012).

Author, “Textual Bodies: Rhetorical Appeals in Thirteenth-century Spanish Letters.” The International Journal of the Humanities (2011).

Editor, Dictaminis Epithalamium. The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies (2009).

Author, “Rocking the Boat: Asserting Authority and Change in a Writing Program.” The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration (2008).

Co-Editor, Collide: Styles, Structures, and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing. Pearson (2008).

Author, “To Father Juan, with Love, Bishop Alexander: Juan Gil de Zamora’s Medieval Art of Letters.” Rhetoric Review (2004).

Author, “Innovations and Compilations: Juan Gil de Zamora’s Dictaminis Epithalamium.Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric (2003).

Author, Introduction to “Future Perfect: Administrative Work and the Professionalization of Graduate Students.” Rhetoric Review (2002).

Author, “Making the Gesture: Graduate Student Submissions and the Expectation of Journal Referees.” Composition Studies (2001).

Author, “Making All the Right Moves: Foucault, Journals, and the Authorization of Discourse.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing (1999).

Author, “Remapping Medieval Rhetoric: Reading Boethius from a Grassian Perspective.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly (1998).

Author, “Epistemic Rhetoric: Theories of.” Theorizing Composition: A Critical Sourcebook of Theory and Scholarship in Contemporary Composition Studies (1997).


  • Recipient, David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching