I am interested in the practice and teaching of writing, understood
in a socio-historic context. Using socially based theories of genre,
activity system, interaction, intertextuality, and cognitive development, I investigate the history of scientific writing, other forms of writing used in advancing technological projects, and the
relation of writing to the development of disciplines of knowledge.
I hope to contribute to our understanding of the importance of
writing in all domains of modern life, and I hope to contribute to
the teaching and learning of writing at all levels of schooling, as
writing is a major medium of participating in society and developing
one's life with the contemporary complex literate world. In these
webpages my goal is to make accessible and available as much of my work as possible, and I grant permission for free use and
reproduction as long as appropriate attribution is granted to the
In a number of other current projects, such as the Handbook of
Writing Research and the series of Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition I currently edit, I also hope to support the aggregation and dissemination of all the knowledge my colleagues have gained about the power and potential of writing.