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John P. Hanly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of First Year Composition

Graduate Faculty

The Great Hall Annex 507
Office Hours
Tuesday and Friday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

John P. Hanly, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Louisville

M.A., University of Chicago

Research Interests

Research interests include: History of Rhetoric, Rhetorical Theory, Composition Theory, First-Year and Advanced College Writing, Narrative Theory, Postmodern Ethical Theory.


Scholarly Articles

“Inviting Infamy, Reframing Freedom: Nineteenth-Century Anti-Polygamy Lecturer, Ann Eliza Young, and the Dynamics of Incremental Persuasion”  Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition  20.1 (2017).

“Striking Through the Masque: Intertextuality and Iconoclasm in Susan Howe’s Eikon Basilike, or a Bibliography of the King’s Book.Kentucky Philological Review  27 (2013).

Presentations/Invited Talks

“‘Never Met a Wise Man’: Historiographical Heuristics and the Challenge of Forming Male Feminist Allies” – 2017 NEMLA Convention, Baltimore, MD. 24 Mar. 2017.

“Can Senior Seminar Become a Site for the Intellectual Work of Composition?: Cultivating Reflection on Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies” 2017 CCCC National Convention, Portland, Oregon. 16 Mar. 2017.

“Risking Alliances, Risking Change: 19th-Century U.S. Protestant Women’s Mission Organizations and Their Rhetorical Allies.” 2016 Rhetoric Society of America National Convention, Atlanta, Georgia. 29 May 2016.

“‘The Woman’s Cause is Man’s’: Alliance and Ambivalence in the Rhetorical Practice of Lucy Stone.” 2016 NEMLA Convention, Hartford, Connecticut. 20 Mar. 2016.

“Point of No Return?: Rhetoric, Ethics, and Risk in the First-Year Writing Classroom” 2015 CCCC National Convention, Tampa, Florida. 19 Mar. 2015.

Professional Associations

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition (ATAC)