Seth Kahn

Seth Kahn

Main Hall 520


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University


  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Labor Organizing and Rhetoric
  • Teaching and Scholarship as Activist Work
  • Marxism
  • Cultural Studies
  • Punk Rock Music
  • Counterculture

Selected Publications

“From Activism to Organizing, from Caring to Care Work.”Co-authored with Amy Lynch-Biniek. Labor Studies Journal (July 2022 online) 47:3 Fall 2022. 320-44.

“What Do We Mean by Academic Labor (in Rhetorical Studies)? A Conversation.” With Amy Pason. Rhetoric and Public Affairs 24.1 July 2021.

“We Value Teaching Too Much to Keep Devaluing It.” College English 82 (6). July 2020. 591-611.

“United against Sexual Harassment: Building Alliances Between Unions and Title IX and VII Victim Advocates.” With Erin Hurt. Academic Labor Beyond the College Classroom: Working for Our Values. Eds Kirsti Cole and Holly Hassell. Taylor and Francis/CRC, December 2019.

Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement (2nd edition), December 2019. Co-edited with JongHwa Lee.

“Audience Invoked? Audience Addressed? Audience Organized!” Writing, Democracy, Activism: The Political Turn in and Beyond the Trump Era. Eds Shannon Carter, Deborah Mutnick, Steve Parks, and Jessica Pausczek. New York: CRC/Routledge/Taylor-Francis, August 2019.

Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition, co-edited with William B. Lalicker and Amy Lynch-Biniek. (Download whole book or individual chapters free from the WAC Clearinghouse.) Received the 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

“From Solidarity Invoked to Solidarity Built.” Works and Days 35: 69 (Sept 2017).

“The Kairos of Authorship in Activist Rhetoric.” With Kevin Mahoney. In Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to Ownership, Identity, and Originality. Ed. Amy Robillard and Ron Fortune. July 2015.

“What is a Union?" In A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators, ed. Rita Malenczyk. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2013.

"'Never Take More Than You Need': Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty and Contingent Labor Exploitation." Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty 16.2 (Spring 2013).

“Contingent Labor and Educational Access”: Special Issue of Open Words: Access and English Studies 6.1 (Spring 2012). Co-edited with Sharon Henry and Amy Lynch-Biniek.

"Putting Ethnographic Writing in Context." Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2, eds. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2011: 175-192.
(Writing Spaces is a Creative-Commons-licensed textbook project. Download individual chapters from Writing Spaces volumes 1 and 2 for free.)

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