Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Department:

    • English and University Composition Program
  • Education:

    • PhD Rhetoric


B.S. magna cum laude, Journalism, Ohio University. M.A. and Ph.D., Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University.

Professor Cloud teaches courses in rhetorical and composition theory, style, public writing, and argument. His research focuses on the rhetoric of social change, particularly the representation of group identities in public discourse. His current projects concern the representation of scientists in the climate change debate and the ways that language practices of marginalized groups are adapted and translated for new contexts.

Recent Publications:

Cloud, D. (2014). The social consequences of dissociation: Lessons from the same-sex marriage debate. Argumentation and Advocacy, 50(3), 157–167.

Cloud, D. (2016). Communicating climate change to religious and conservative audiences: The case of Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley. Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning, 16(1), 57–74.

Cloud, D. (2017). Rewriting a Discursive Practice: Atheist Adaptation of Coming Out Discourse. Written Communication, 34(2), 165–188.

Penman, W., & Cloud, D. (2018). How people make sense of Trump and why it matters for racial justice. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 8(1/2), 107–136.

Cloud, D. (2018). Toward a richer rhetoric of agency: shaping the identity category transgender in public discourse. Argumentation and Advocacy, 54(3), 161–178.

(in press) Cloud, D. (2019). The rise of the gay warrior: Rhetorical archetypes and the transformation of identity categories. Discourse & Communication.