Christopher Eisenhart

Professor / Chairperson

English & Communication



Liberal Arts 340


Carnegie MellonPhD
Carnegie MellonMA
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityBA





An examination of language's pivotal role in shaping a culture's values, beliefs, biases, and world view. By reading a broad range of essays, excerpts, and articles, students will learn how language shapes thought, molds perceptions, and determines how we think about and react to various people, groups, and cultures. Students will write a series of articles for lay audiences based on what they learn during the course.

Rhetorical precepts and notions as developed since antiquity and applied to contemporary professional writing and communication. Students will learn to identify and analyze rhetoric across a variety of discursive situations and in turn establish sound rhetorical practices within their own communication.


Research Interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Style
  • Professional, Technical, and Political Communication
  • Discourse Analysis

Professor Eisenhart teaches courses in style, rhetoric, grants writing, document design, science and technology writing, and frequently teaches our graduate thesis research course.  Since completing an undergraduate degree in creative writing and political theory, he alternated between work in technical communications and teaching English before pursuing his Phd in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship.  Professor Eisenhart recently co-edited and contributed to a volume of studies with Barbara Johnstone, Rhetoric in Detail (2008).

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