Paul A Prior



Paul Prior is a Professor in English and the Center for Writing Studies and Director of the Center for Writing Studies. Working with cultural-historical activity theory, actor-network theory, and dialogic semiotics, he has explored connections among writing, talk, embodied action, learning, and disciplinarity.

Research Interests

Writing Studies, Literate Activity, Dialogic Theory, Semiotic Practice, Applied Linguistics, Genre, CHAT and ANT.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Director, Center for Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Recent Publications

Prior, P. A., & Smith, A. (2019). Editorial: Writing across: Tracing transliteracies as becoming across time, space, and settings. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, [100246].

Prior, P. A., Walker, J., & Riggert-Kieffer, D. (2019). Languaging the rhetorical tradition: Pedagogical CHAT in middle school and college. In R. Beach, & D. Bloome (Eds.), Languaging relations for transforming the literacy and language arts classroom (pp. 112-130). New York: Routledge.

Smith, A., & Prior, P. A. (Accepted/In press). A Flat CHAT perspective on transliteracies development. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction.

Prior, P. A. (2018). How Do Moments Add Up to Lives? Trajectories of Semiotic Becoming vs. Tales of School Learning in Four Modes. In R. Wysocki, & M. P. Sheridan (Eds.), Making Future Matters Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Yoritomo, J. Y., Turnipseed, N., Cooper, S. L., Elliott, C. M., Gallagher, J. R., Popovics, J. S., ... Zilles, J. L. (2018). Examining engineering writing instruction at a large research university through the lens of writing studies. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2018-June.

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