Richard Marback

Richard Marback

Professor of English
Research Fellow Center for the Study of Citizenship


Room 10503.2

5057 Woodward

Detroit, MI 48202

Curriculum vitae

Richard Marback



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Rhetorical Theory and History of Rhetoric
  • Citizenship Studies 


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago (English). 1992 (Specialization in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric)
  • M.A. University of Chicago (Humanities). 1986
  • B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University (Philosophy). 1981

Selected publications

“Rhodes Must Fall: An Embodied Rhetorical Assertion.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. 25 (2018)

The Meaning of Citizenship. Edited with Marc Kruman. Detroit: Wayne State UP. 2015.

Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship. Editor. Detroit: Wayne State UP. 2015.

Managing Vulnerability: South Africa’s Struggle for a Democratic Rhetoric. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. 2012.

“Embracing Wicked Problems: The Turn to Design in Composition Studies.” CCC 61.2 (2009): 397-419.

“Unclenching the Fist: Embodying Rhetoric and Giving Objects Their Due.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 38.1 (2008): 46-65.

The Hope and the Legacy: The Past, Present, and Future of “Students’ Right to Their Own Language.” Edited with Pat Bruch. Cresskill. NJ: Hampton P. 2005.

Courses taught

English 1010, Basic Writing

English 3085, Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing

English 5790, Writing Theory

English 7061, Rhetorical Theory

ENglish 7064, Teaching of Writing