Joseph Turner

Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies


Joseph Turner joined the faculty at UofL in 2014 after earning his BA at Goucher College and his MA and PhD at the University of Delaware. As of January 2019, he is the director of graduate studies for the English department's MA in English and PhD in rhetoric and composition. He teaches courses on the history of rhetoric, early British literature, and graphic novels.

In spring of 2019, he will teach English 413: British Literature from the Beginning to Shakespeare (Tu/Th 8:00 am). In Fall of 2019, he will teach English 673, a graduate seminar titled "Teach, Delight, Persuade: Rhetoric and Poetics" (Tu 4-6:45; this course satisfies the pre-1700 course requirement for English MA students). He welcomes any questions about these courses and how they might suit your interests and goals.

His scholarship focuses on pre-modern writing pedagogy, poetics, and gender, and his work has appeared (or will appear) in Rhetorica (twice), Rhetoric ReviewThe Chaucer ReviewPedagogy, and in two edited collections.

Dr. Turner welcomes questions about the English's department's graduate programs or about rhetorical history, medieval studies, or graphic novels.