Steve Lamos
Associate Professor

Office: Stadium 266C

Steve Lamos is Associate Professor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and the English Department. His work focuses on issues of race and racism within U.S. college-level writing instruction, particularly in the context of “basic writing” programs; on issues of teaching-track labor in contemporary U.S. writing programs; and on novel forms of literate becoming at the intersection of the sonic and the alphabetic.

Lamos’ published work includes the book Interests and Opportunities: Race, Racism, and University Writing Instruction in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Pitt UP, 2011), winner of a 2013 “Special Commendation” from the Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award committee; the essay “Toward Job Security for Teaching-Track Composition Faculty: Recognizing and Rewarding Affective-Labor-in-Space,” which won the 2016 Richard C. Ohmann prize for outstanding essay in College English; and a range of pieces in College Composition and CommunicationCollege EnglishJournal of Basic WritingWriting Program AdministrationComposition Studies, and several edited collections. 

Lamos’ current book project is tentatively titled Resonant Rhythms: Drumming, Writing, and Professing a Literate Life.  It explores intersections between his academic work and his work as the drummer and trumpet player for the indie / emo band American Football.  American Football is routinely included among the most influential emo artists of all time by Rolling StoneSpinNMEKerrang!Vulture, Stereogum, The GuardianAlternative PressPitchfork, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, and many others.

Areas of Specialty

  • Composition, Rhetoric, Pedagogy