I am interested in the practice and teaching of writing, understood in a socio-historic context. Using socially based theories of genre, activity system, interaction, intertextuality, and cognitive development, I investigate the history of scientific writing, other forms of writing used in advancing technological projects, and the relation of writing to the development of disciplines of knowledge.
I hope to contribute to our understanding of the importance of writing in all domains of modern life, and I hope to contribute to the teaching and learning of writing at all levels of schooling, as writing is a major medium of participating in society and developing one's life with the contemporary complex literate world. In these webpages my goal is to make accessible and available as much of my work as possible, and I grant permission for free use and reproduction as long as appropriate attribution is granted to the source.
In a number of other editorial projects (such as the Handbook of Research on Writing and the series of Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition) and organizational initiatives (founder of the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research and its Writing Research Across the Borders Conference; founder of the Research Network Forum; organizer of the ILEES project) I also hope to support the aggregation and dissemination of all the knowledge my colleagues have gained about the power and potential of writing.