Due to the inclement weather, all classes at LIU Post are canceled for Friday, February 5. In addition, all administrative offices will be closed.
The Bacon Brothers 8pm performance tonight at the Tilles Center will continue as scheduled. Info: liu.edu. For Tilles Center, call 516-299-3100.

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Richard McNabb

Richard R. McNabb

Professor of English

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The University of Arizona


Richard McNabb earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from The University of Arizona. His primary research interests include classical rhetoric, medieval rhetoric, and eighteenth-century rhetoric. Since joining the English Department at LIU Post, Dr. McNabb has taught a variety of courses, including first-year writing, grammar and usage, classical rhetoric, theories of persuasion, and eighteenth-century rhetoric.


Rhetoric, Composition Theory


Author, “Inventing Authority: Rhetorical Appeals in Thirteenth-century Spanish Letters.” Cogency: A Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation (2012).

Author, “Textual Bodies: Rhetorical Appeals in Thirteenth-century Spanish Letters.” The International Journal of the Humanities (2011).

Editor, Dictaminis Epithalamium. The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies (2009).

Author, “Rocking the Boat: Asserting Authority and Change in a Writing Program.” The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration (2008).

Co-Editor, Collide: Styles, Structures, and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing. Pearson (2008).

Author, “To Father Juan, with Love, Bishop Alexander: Juan Gil de Zamora’s Medieval Art of Letters.” Rhetoric Review (2004).

Author, “Innovations and Compilations: Juan Gil de Zamora’s Dictaminis Epithalamium.Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric (2003).

Author, Introduction to “Future Perfect: Administrative Work and the Professionalization of Graduate Students.” Rhetoric Review (2002).

Author, “Making the Gesture: Graduate Student Submissions and the Expectation of Journal Referees.” Composition Studies (2001).

Author, “Making All the Right Moves: Foucault, Journals, and the Authorization of Discourse.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing (1999).

Author, “Remapping Medieval Rhetoric: Reading Boethius from a Grassian Perspective.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly (1998).

Author, “Epistemic Rhetoric: Theories of.” Theorizing Composition: A Critical Sourcebook of Theory and Scholarship in Contemporary Composition Studies (1997).


  • Recipient, David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching