Professor, Rhetoric & Composition
PhD (Composition & Cultural Rhetoric), Syracuse University
Dr. Mahoney teaches courses in all areas of Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies. His research focuses on the rhetorics of democracy and social movements. He served as the Coordinator of Composition from fall 2004 until summer 2011. His 2008 book, Democracies to Come: Rhetorical Action, Neoliberalism, and Communities of Resistance (Cultural Studies/Pedagogy/Activism), co-authored with Rachel Riedner of GWU, explores the intersections among critical pedagogy, radical political theory, and street protest. His current project, Gettin’ Dirty: Rhetoric, Advocacy, and Hands-On Democracy, argues for the need to revitalize and deepen training in rhetorics of advocacy and activism in the wake of broad-based attacks against working families and democratic institutions in the U.S. In the wake of the 2011 Wisconsin uprising, Mahoney founded Raging Chicken Press, a progressive, activist media site as a means of taking rhetorics of advocacy out of the classroom and into the streets.