Ryan Skinnell is an associate professor of rhetoric and writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He holds a bachelor’s degree in english from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in english from California State University, Northridge and a doctoral degree in rhetoric, composition, and linguistics from Arizona State University. His work focuses primarily on public rhetoric—how politicians, public figures, and average citizens use persuasive language to influence public policy. Dr. Skinnell is the author or editor of five books, including Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes (Utah State University Press, 2016) and Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump, (Societas, 2018). He has also published numerous essays in academic and popular outlets on rhetoric, writing education, political speech, fascism, and demagoguery.
Catherine Voss Plaxton is the director of the Career Center at San Jose State University. She holds a master’s in human resources & organization and a master’s in counselor education. She is currently working toward an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Catherine joined the SJSU Career Center with more than fourteen years of experience in individual and organizational performance development through the use of human resource development techniques and information technology improvements. She plans to focus her research on social mobility through higher education.
Sergio Bejar-Lopez is an assistant professor of political science. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He teaches courses in comparative politics and Latin American politics. His research focuses on political and policy consequences, the political and policy consequences of globalization, the political influences of financial policies, and the policy consequences of party systems.