Harry Denny

Harry Denny

Associate Professor; Director of the Writing Lab // English

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Communication, 1996


Office Information

Office: HEAV 122C/HEAV 228
Office Phone: (765) 494-4854
E-mail: hdenny@purdue.edu


Rhetoric & Composition

Research Areas

Professor Denny’s research focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, research methods for program and writing assessment. His most recent project, Out in the Center: Public Controversies, Private Struggles (co-edited with Anna Sicari, Rob Mundy, Lila Naydan, and Richard Severe), deepens conversations about identity politics by foregrounding authentic voices and experiences of tutors and administrators navigating everyday sessions and the disclosure and embodiment of difference. His first monograph, Facing the Center: Towards and Identity Politics of One-to-one Mentoring (Utah State University Press), explores how sociocultural dynamics impact on the everyday interaction of writing conferences. Professor Denny’s other scholarship has explored those issues in relation to writing centers, particularly as sites for community-building and for cross-cultural/disciplinary dialog.  He also has published on media, governmental, legal and activist responses to HIV and civil rights, and has produced work about writing assessment protocol development for state mandates and the consequences of doing so without collaborative leadership.

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