Associate Professor, English
Office: Ovalwood 25
Dr. Skinner is currently working on a book in which she examines the speech and writing of 19th-century American women physicians. In analyzing their reform rhetoric, their health information and advice texts, and their medical journal articles, Dr. Skinner describes ethos (the persuasive appeal of a speaker’s or writer’s character) in a way that reflects the rhetorical practices of historical women, who have largely been unaccounted for in descriptions of ethos. One of Dr. Skinner's students published an article in Young Scholars in Writing, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates. Two other students presented papers at a regional Writing Center conference.