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Composition: History & Theory: 2000 - 2009

Anis Bawarshi


Anis Bawarshi is an associate professor of English and the director of the Expository Writing Center at the University of Washington.  He specializes in Rhetoric and Composition Studies, Rhetorical Genre Theory and Invention, Discourse Analysis, and Writing Program Administration.  He received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Kansas, and is the recipient of quite a few teaching awards and honors. He is particularly interested in the socio-political, material, and cognitive conditions that shape how texts are produced, what they do, and how they are taught.  In his UW bio, he writes, “For me, writing (its study, teaching, and administration) is inseparable from the forms of social participation it enables or the forms of social organization it helps to coordinate and produce.” Bawarshi is the author of many articles exploring different ideas related to genre, as well as books about the subject, including Genre and the Invention of the Writer: Reconsidering the Place of Invention in Composition, published in 2003, and Scenes of Writing: Strategies for Writing with Genres, with Amy J. Devitt and Mary Jo Reiff, published in 2004.


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