Edward L. Karshner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English (Arts & Humanities)
412-397-6444 phone (M)
412-397-6468 fax
Wheatley Center 209

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric/Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2000
  • Master of Arts, English/Creative Writing, Indiana State University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, English/Religion, Otterbein College, 1992

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Classical and Comparative Rhetoric
  • Navajo Studies
  • Comparative Metaphysics


  • "Thought, Utterance, Power: Toward a Rhetoric of Magic." Philosophy and Rhetoric. 44.1: 52-71

  • "Rhetoric, Reality, and Ritual: How Diné rhetoric can restore classical rhetoric’s epistemic promise" Proceedings of the 19th Navajo Studies Conference. Forthcoming

  • Writing the Self: A Phenomenological Approach to the Composition Process. VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller: 2008.




  • 2012 - "Rhetoric, Reality, and Ritual: How Dine rhetoric can restore classical rhetoric's epistemic promise." Presented at the 19th Navajo Studies Conference: Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • 2012 - "Thinking and Speaking the Circle: Symbolic Action in Navajo Rhetoric." Rhetoric Society of America Conference: Philadelphia, PA.