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Carl  Herndl

Carl Herndl

Carl Herndl
Faculty

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Bio

I have been writing about science and environmental issues for a long time because I find the topic fascinating and because many of the pressing challenges we face lie at the intersection of science, politics, democracy, and deliberation. Like some other scholars in Rhetoric and in Science Studies, e.g. Celest Condit, Bruno Latour, Collins and Evans, I have come to realize that rhetorical research and practice has opportunities and responsibilities for doing engaged research in science, sustainability, policy making. (I published an essay about this in POROI in 2017.) This is neither straightforward nor easy. And I wouldn’t want to suggest that this is the only type of work we as a discipline should be doing. But in the face of what Bruno Latour calls “ecocide,” it is a growing and badly needed form of intellectual and political engagement. Over the last few years, I have published articles co-authored with colleagues in the sciences in journals such as Sustainable Agriculture, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, and the Journal of Geophysical Research. Of course, I do also publish in rhetoric journals and collections. In addition to scholarship, I have also conducted workshops on sustainable biofuel development with scientists, farmers and policy makers in an attempt to make progress on important issues in sustainability and workshops with scientists on pharmaceutical pollution in fresh water biological systems. Along with others, notably Leah Ceccorelli, I am trying to find ways that we can develop our rhetorical theory and analysis and also use those insights to help manage the pressing scientific and environmental problems we collectively face.

Partly because many of the issues in rhetoric of science and, even more so, the environmental and political challenges of the anthropocene demand interdisciplinary study, I do a great deal of work in interdisciplinary settings.  I helped found and then was associate dean of USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability before returning to the English department.  I am currently a member of USF’s “Anthropocene Working Group,” an interdisciplinary scholarly and pedagogical project that studies the scientific, philosophical, social and rhetorical issues in the anthropocene.  Our group is housed in USF’s Institute for Advanced Study of Environment and Culture and builds opportunities for collaboration across disciplines for both faculty and graduate students.

Since Coming to USF in 2010, I have directed 7 dissertations and 3 master’s theses.  The topics of these dissertations include:

The three Master’s theses have been:

All of these dissertation and thesis topics emerged from the students’ work in one or more of my graduate seminars in “Rhetoric of Science, Technology and Medicine,” “Rhetoric and New Materialism,” and “Critical and Literary Theory.”  Typically, students who develop dissertation and thesis topics in my seminars subsequently take a directed readings course with me on their more specialized topic and use that work to develop a dissertation or thesis proposal.  While I do not determine precisely what kind of project an advisee develops and I direct relatively diverse projects, I like projects that are well theorized or explicitly theoretical, that often involve empirical data gathering and fieldwork, and that focus on the rhetoric of science in broad terms and, sometimes, that involve interdisciplinary scholarship.  Often the dissertation committees I chair have one or more faculty from other disciplines as active members who genuinely contribute to the intellectual project.  I also work closely with my advisees and frequently co-author articles or book chapters with them. In the last five years, I have co-authored five different articles or chapters with advisees on projects we developed together. This is part of their training as scholars and it helps them when they go on the job market.

Teaching

Spring 2016 Syllabus

Fall 2016 Syllabus

Fall 2018 Syllabus