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Edward Karshner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English (English Department)
412-397-6444 phone (M)
412-397-6468 fax
Wheatley Center 209

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric/Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2000
  • Master of Arts, English/Creative Writing, Indiana State University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, English/Religion, Otterbein College, 1992

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Classical and Comparative Rhetoric
  • Navajo Studies
  • Comparative Metaphysics


  • "Thought, Utterance, Power: Toward a Rhetoric of Magic." Philosophy and Rhetoric. 44.1: 52-71

  • "Rhetoric, Reality, and Ritual: How Diné rhetoric can restore classical rhetoric’s epistemic promise" Proceedings of the 19th Navajo Studies Conference. Forthcoming

  • Writing the Self: A Phenomenological Approach to the Composition Process. VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller: 2008.




  • 2012 - "Rhetoric, Reality, and Ritual: How Dine rhetoric can restore classical rhetoric's epistemic promise." Presented at the 19th Navajo Studies Conference: Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • 2012 - "Thinking and Speaking the Circle: Symbolic Action in Navajo Rhetoric." Rhetoric Society of America Conference: Philadelphia, PA.

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Edward

Spring 2015
  • ELIT1060-A
  • -ONLINEIKarshner2 (01/10-03/06/15)0 Seats
  • ELIT1310-A
  • 12:15-01:30 PM RMKarshner5 (03/09-05/02/15)24 Seats
  • ENGL3500-C1
  • 10:45-12:00 PM T RMKarshner1 (01/12-05/02/15)10 Seats
  • ENGL3500-C2
  • -ONLINEIKarshner4 (03/07-05/02/15)16 Seats


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