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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Wen Xin

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Assistant Teaching Professor

Writing Center

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

229 HB Crouse Hall


Teaching Interests

Dr. Xin joins the department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition as an Assistant Teaching Professor in Fall 2021. His teaching interests include introductory writing, professional writing, rhetorical genre studies, discourse analysis, metadiscourse and rhetoric, quantitative data analysis, rhetorical grammar, and Introduction to the English language.

Research Interests

Dr. Xin’s research lies at the intersection of Rhetoric and Composition and English Language Studies. Specifically, his research draws upon frameworks from both Rhetorical Genre Studies (RGS) and English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Genre Studies to explore recurring discursive patterns, particularly patterns that involve writer-reader interactions, in various genres by situating those genres in their micro social contexts or genre systems.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in English Language Studies and Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Kansas

M.A. in English from Fort Hays State University

B.G.S. with an emphasis on English Language Studies from Fort Hays State University


Co-author with Peter Grund, Matti Peikola, Johanna Rastas, “The ‘u’ and ‘v’ Alternation in the History of English: Spelling Dynamics in the Handwritten Legal Documents from the Salem Witch Trials (1692).” American Speech 96 (2). 2021.