Thomas Girshin

Thomas Girshin

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Rhetoric and Composition
Phone:(607) 274-3516
Office:425 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850


Thomas Girshin earned his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric at Binghamton University. His dissertation focused on rhetorical invention, especially as it concerns the processes by which a writer can productively engage unfamiliar situations, known in the field as transfer. 

Before coming to Ithaca College,  Professor Girshin taught at Youngstown State University, Binghamton University, and Syracuse University, as well as at the British-American Language Centre in Samara, Russia.


  • Rhetorical Invention
  • Classical Rhetoric, especially the sophists and Plato
  • Rhetorics of domination, especially of the former Soviet Union
  • Transfer of Knowledge as it relates to writing
  • Rhetoric and epistemology
  • Histories and theories of academic writing pedagogy


  • Ph.D. English, General Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University (2012)
  • MA English, Binghamton University (2006)
  • BA, SUNY at Albany (2003)
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