Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Kelly Ritter

Director of the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program, Professor of English

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Office Hours

  • MW 9:30-10:45 AM or by appt.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997, M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1994, B.A., University of Iowa


English 593: Rhetoric Proseminar

Research Interests

Archival Studies and Historiography; Writing Program Administration; Composition Theory; Pedagogical Theory; Digital Rhetorics and Online Discourse

Selected Publications


  • Ritter, Kelly. Reframing the Subject: Postwar Instructional Films and Class-Conscious Literacies. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.
  • Ritter, Kelly. To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
  • Ritter, Kelly. Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010.
  • Ritter, Kelly. Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960. Carbondale, IL: SIU Press/Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, 2009.

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Edited Books

  • Ritter, Kelly, and Paul K. Matsuda. Exploring Composition Studies: Sites, Issues, Perspectives. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012.
  • Ritter, Kelly, and Stephanie Vanderslice. Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2007.

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