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Eric Leake

Dr. Eric Leake

Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition

Eric Leake joined the Department of English in 2013. He teaches graduate courses in rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy. His current research focuses upon rhetorical performances and negotiations of empathy.


  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville
  • M.A., English, UNLV
  • B.A., English, UNLV

Contact Information

  • Office: MH13 Flowers Hall
  • Office phone: 512-245-3785
  • Email:
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-4:30

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Empathy studies
  • Nonrational rhetorics
  • Civic literacies

Courses Commonly Taught

  • ENG 5383: History of Rhetorical Theory
  • ENG 5316: Composition Pedagogy
  • ENG 5383: Studies in Rhetorical Theory – Rhetoric and Psychology
  • ENG 3311: Practices in Writing and Rhetoric – Life Stories
  • ENG 3318: Theories in Writing and Rhetoric – Writing the City
  • ENG 1310: College Writing I
  • ENG 1320: College Writing II

Select Publications

  • “Science as Sound Bites: The Lancet Iraq Casualty Reports and Prefigured Accommodation.” Technical Communication Quarterly 21.2 (2012): 129-144. Print.
  • “The Open Gates of the Fourth Estate: Civic Literacy Meets Citizen Journalism.” Composition Forum 25.1 (2012): n. pag. Web. Feb. 2012
  • “Humanizing the Inhumane: The Value of Difficult Empathy.” Rethinking Empathy Through Literature. Eds. Sue Kim and Meghan Hammond. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming.)
  • “Neon Letters: Writing of Sin City.” (Forthcoming College Composition and Communication.)