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Patricia Sullivan

Professor // English

Director of Rhetoric and Composition

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

Office and Contact

Room: HEAV 401


Phone: (765) 494-3768

Fax: (765) 494-3780

Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1986



Rhetoric & Composition

Research Areas:
Methodology (including digital historiography); feminist issues in technology and writing; technical and professional writing; institutional critique; visual rhetoric and communication


Since arriving at Purdue in 1985, Patricia Sullivan has directed Technical Writing and currently directs the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition. Curriculum-wise, she has been instrumental in starting the B.A. in Professional Writing and secondary areas for the Ph.D. in Technical and Professional Writing and in Rhetoric, Technology and Digital Writing. With Jennifer Bay she is co-editor of Peitho (2013-2017). Her books: Electronic Literacies in the Workplace (co-edited with Jennie Dautermann), Opening Spaces (co-authored with James Porter), Professional Writing Online (co-authored with James Porter and Johndan Johnson-Eilola), and Technology, Labor, and Writing (co-edited with Pamela Takayoshi). Recently she has published  in College Composition and Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Educause Quarterly, and Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (forthcoming).