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Paul Prior

Paul Prior

Paul Prior is Professor of English and Professor and Director of the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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275 English Building | MC-718
217-333-3024 or 217-333-3251



In a series of situated studies that draw on theoretical frameworks from cultural-historical activity theory and dialogic semiotics, Professor Prior has explored connections among writing, reading, talk, learning, and disciplinarity. This work has appeared in articles, book chapters, and a 1998 book, Writing/Disciplinarity: A Sociohistoric Account of Literate Activity in the Academy (Lawrence Erlbaum). He has also co-edited with Charles Bazerman What Writing Does and How It Does It: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004) and with Julie Hengst Exploring Semiotic Remediation as Discourse Practice (Palgrave, 2010). Current projects include studies of the writing process as dispersed, embodied, and situated literate activity and research that traces the remediation of an interactive online art object. With Sarah McCarthey and Mark Dressman, he also serves as Co-Editor of Research in the Teaching of English.