Joseph Turner received a BA in English from Goucher College and an MA and a PhD in English from the University of Delaware. His scholarship includes essays on premodern rhetoric that have appeared in Rhetorica, Rhetoric Review, and Pedagogy; on Chaucer's poetry in The Chaucer Review; and on comics in Inks. His research has been supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Culture, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
He is currently the English Honors advisor, and he has served as the Director of Graduate Studies.
His recent courses include graduate seminars on rhetoric and poetics as well as emotion and gender in the premodern classroom. He has also taught honors seminars on the rise of the superheroine and on emotions and senses in comics, and undergraduate courses on the anatomy of comics, Chaucer, and the teaching of writing.