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Paul Butler

Paul Butler

Associate Professor

Phone: (713) 743-1758
Office: 232 Roy Cullen Building
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Paul Butler is currently completing The Writer’s Style for Utah State University Press and has drafted parts of Style and the New Writing Literacies: Digital, Multimodal, Public. He is also the author of Out of Style and Style in Rhetoric and Composition. His essays appear in a number of scholarly journals and edited collections. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of style, the public sphere, and digital rhetoric.

A reviewer for journals in the field, he is a member of the College English Editorial Board. In the Department of English, he is past chair of Lower Division Studies, and helped design the Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy (RCP) doctoral program.


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • M.A., Middlebury College
  • B.A., Colorado College

Selected Publications

Out of Style: Reanimating Stylistic Study in Composition and Rhetoric Style in Rhetoric and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook


  • Style in Rhetoric and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010.
  • Out of Style: Reanimating Stylistic Study in Composition and Rhetoric. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2008. (url)

Articles or Chapters

  • “Remixing the House of Lore: Theory, Practice, and the New Graduate Scholar.” With Jessie Casteel, et al. Open Words: Access and English Studies 10.2 (March 2016).
  • “#Because Social Media: Personal Writing and the Brave New World of Digital Style.” Getting Personal: Bringing Personal Writing Into the Classroom in the Digital Age. Ed. Laura Gray-Rosendale. New York: SUNY P, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • “Navigating Indescribable Landscapes: Changing Discourses of Locality in a Post-Katrina World.” The Rhetoric of Locality: The Challenges of Documenting the “Indescribable” Libby Allison. New York: Routledge: Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • “The Sound of Silence: Defense of Marriage, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and Post-Authorship Theory.” Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to the Authentic, Autonomous Author. Ed. Amy E. Robillard and Ron Fortune. New York: Routledge, 2016. 135-47.
  • “Style’s Centrality in Composition Studies.” Foreword to The Centrality of Style. Ed. Michael Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri. New York: Parlor Press (2013): vii-x.
  • "Reconsidering the Teaching of Style." English Journal 4 (2011): 77-82.
  • "Revisiting the Evidence: A Reply to Donald Lazere.” JAC: A Quarterly Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics1-2 (2011): 314-22.
  • "Forget about Community: Narrative, Ethnographic Writing, and (Alternative) Discourse." Open Words: Access and English Studies2 (2010): 23-47.
  • "The Stylistic (Re)Turn in Rhetoric and Composition." Style in Rhetoric and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Paul Butler. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. 1-10.
  • "Style and the Public Intellectual: Rethinking Composition in the Public Sphere.” JAC: A Quarterly Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics 28.1-2 (2008): 55-84.
  • “Style in the Diaspora of Composition Studies.” Rhetoric Review 26 (2007): 5-24.
  • “The GED as Transgender Literacy: Performing in the Learning/Acquisition Borderland.” Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy1 (2007): 27-39.
  • “Composition as Countermonument: Toward a New Space in Writing Classrooms and Curricula.” WPA: Writing Program Administration3 (2006): 11-24.
  • “Copyright, Plagiarism, and the Law.” Authorship in Composition Studies. Ed. Tracy Hamler Carrick and Rebecca Moore Howard. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006. 13-26.
  • "Embracing AIDS: History, Identity, and Post-AIDS Discourse." JAC: A Quarterly Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics1 (2004): 93-111.
  • “Coming into the Field: Intersections of the Personal and Professional in Graduate Student and Faculty Narratives.” With Susan M. Adams, Damian Baca, Justin Bain, Amy E. Robillard, and Eileen E. Schell. Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists 1 (2002): 5-34.
  • “Imitation as Freedom: Reforming Student Writing.” The Quarterly: Journal of the National Writing Project2 (2002): 25-32.
  • “Toward a Pedagogy of Writing Immersion: Using Imitation in the Composition Classroom.”Journal of College Writing 4 (2001): 107-14.


  • ENGL 1303: First-Year Writing I – Rethinking Place, Time, and Technology
  • ENGL 1304: First-Year Writing II – Reading and Writing Popular Culture
  • ENGL 3340: Advanced Composition – Style and Rhetoric in Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 3341: Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 3367: Essayistic and Literary Traditions Post-Stonewall
  • ENGL 3396: Writing in Digital Contexts/Multimodal Composing (forthcoming)
  • ENGL 3396: Writing in the Public Sphere
  • ENGL 4319: Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • ENGL 6300: Teaching College English and Composition
  • ENGL 7371: Rhetoric and Composition: Style
  • ENGL 7372: Composition’s Counter-Histories
  • ENGL 8318: Rhetoric and Composition Seminar I
  • ENGL 8395: Community Literacy and Public Engagement
  • ENGL 8395: Rhetoric, Composition, and the Public Sphere


  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • Modern Language Association
  • Conference of College Teachers of English