Michael Bunn

Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Email bunnm@usc.edu Office JEF 150 Office Phone (213) 740-1980


Michael Bunn earned a joint Ph.D. in English & Education from the University of Michigan as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  He has designed and taught courses in first-year writing, literature, academic argumentation, cultural studies, creative writing, professional writing, and comedy writing.  His interdisciplinary research investigates some of the ways that reading might best be taught in collegiate writing courses, and his work appears in journals such as Pedagogy and College Composition and Communication.  From 2019-2021 he served as a member of the CCCC Task Force on Reading.  He is also a co-founder of the College Composition and Communication Special Interest Group: “The Role of Reading in Composition Studies.” 


  • Ph.D. Joint PhD in English & Education, University of Michigan, 2010
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing – Fiction, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • B.A. English, Santa Clara University, 1997
    • WRIT 340: Writing and the Environment, Writing Program, 08/26/2012 –
    • WRIT 440: Writing Comedy as Social Commentary, Writing Program, 2016-2017
    • GESM 110g Creating Art from Real Life, General Education, Spring 2016
    • LBST 548: Contemporary Fiction in Social Context, Master of Liberal Studies, 2013-2014
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • Editorial Board Member, Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, 03/01/2013 –

    Professional Offices

    • Member, CCCC Task Force on Reading, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2019 – 2021

    Other Service to the Profession

    • Founder, CCCC Special Interest Group “The Role of Reading in Composition Studies”

      Created and will co-facilitate an annual special interest group exploring the place of reading within writing classrooms and composition scholarship. Beginning at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis, MO, March 2012.
      , 03/22/2012 –

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