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Harry Denny

Harry Denny

Professor; Director of the Writing Lab // English

Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Curriculum vitae

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Room: KRCH 230B


Phone: (765) 496-2814

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



Rhetoric & Composition

Professor Denny’s research focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, LGBT studies, research methods for program and writing assessment. His most recent project, Gender, Sexuality and the Cultural Politics of Men’s Identity in the New Millennium: Literacies of Masculinity (Routledge), maps the connections between media, popular culture, and the pedagogy of reading and writing the performances of masculinity. This book follows Out in the Center: Public Controversies, Private Struggles (Utah State University Press) (co-edited with Anna Sicari, Rob Mundy, Lila Naydan, and Richard Severe), which deepens conversations in writing centers 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 an 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.