Lynda Walsh

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Lynda Walsh is an associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. She studies the rhetoric of science—particularly the public reception of visual arguments in climate change debates. Her most recent book, Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), edited with Casey Boyle, explores topology as a spatial method for inventing new ways to deliberate over issues of science and technology. Her monograph Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy (Oxford, 2013) traces a dominant strand in the public role played by scientists back to its historical roots in religious rhetoric.


  • “Understanding the Rhetoric of Climate Change Debates.” WIREs Climate Change 8, no. 1 (2017). doi: 10.1002/wcc.452.
  • with Kenneth C. Walker. “Perspectives on Uncertainty for Scholars of Technical Communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly 25, no. 2 (2016): 71–86.
  • “The Visual Rhetoric of Climate Change.” WIREs Climate Change 6, no. 4 (2015): 361–68.
  • with Andrew B. Ross. “The Visual Invention Practices of STEM Researchers: An Exploratory Topology.” Science Communication 37, no. 1 (2015): 118–31.
  • “Resistance and Common Ground as a Function of Mis/Aligned Attitudes: A Filter-Theory Analysis of Ranchers’ Writings on the Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction Project.” Written Communication 30, no. 3 (2013): 355–87.