Jeffrey Carroll


JEFFREY CARROLL directed two dissertations last year: Thomas Gammarino’s “Justification Nation: A Novel and Stories” and Tamara Pavich’s “Life Expectancy: Stories.” He also directed three MA projects: Margaret Lenahan’s “Bad Rhetoric: From Extremist Groups, through the Mainstream Media, and into Our Laws,” Ashley Fukutomi’s “Is There a Hybrid in the Hiz-ouse? Introducing the Student as Hybrid Metaphor into English Studies,” and Steven Holmes’s “Methodological Frameworks and Rhetorical Strategies: The Toulmin Schema, Rogerian Rhetoric, and Burke’s Comic Frame.” He presented papers two conferences: at the Rhetorical Society of America, in Minneapolis, presenting “Kenneth Burke’s Rhetoric of Music,” and the Conference on College Composition and Communication, in Atlanta, presenting “Kī hō‘alu As Ethos and Mana in Hawaiian Literary Culture.” In 2010 Bamboo Ridge Quarterly published a excerpt from a novel-in-progress in its works-in-progress issue, and Utah State University Press published his chapter, “Margaret Cho, Jake Shimabukuro, and Rhetorics in a Minor Key” in Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric, co-edited by LuMing Mao and Morris Young. This past spring KB Journal published his 25,000-word monograph, “The Song Above Catastrophe”: Kenneth Burke on Music; it is accessible online at He is currently co-editing, with Brandy Nalani McDougall and Georganne Nordstrom, a volume of Pacific scholarly and creative work titled “Huihui: Aesthetics and Rhetorics of the Pacific”; it is under contract to the University of Hawaiʻi Press. His current writing projects include a long-form critical work on Bob Dylan titled “Love Minus Zero Over No Limit,” and a paper on Jimi Hendrix’s poetics of song to be delivered at MLA in Seattle in January 2012. He is the Chair of the English Department.

Areas of Interest

rhetoric and composition, American novel, fiction


College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994


BA, Reed College MA, University of Hawai`i Ph.D. 1987, University of Washington