A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Michael Zerbe, Ph.D.


  • B.S., James Madison University (1988)
  • M.T.S.C., Miami University (1990)
  • Ph.D., Purdue University (1998)


  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Rhetoric of Science
  • Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Professional Editing
  • Science Fiction

Research Interests

  • Rhetorics of Science and Medicine
  • Rhetoric and Composition and Science Literacy


  • Fulbright Lecturer, Bulgaria, 2009
  • York College Summer Research Grant, 2003, 2005
  • Health Communications Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, 1990

Recent Publications

  • Zerbe, Michael J. “Toward a Rhetoric of DNA: The Advent of CRISPR.” POROI 14.2 (2019): Article 3. https://doi.org/10.13008/2151-2957.1276
  • Zerbe, Michael J. The Rock-‘n’-Roll Guide to Grammar and Style. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-rock-n-roll-guide-to-grammar-and-style
  • Zerbe, Michael J. “Paging Paul Krugman: Toward a Topoi of an Exemplar Public Intellectual in the Natural and Physical Sciences.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 49.1 (2018): https://doi.org/10.1177/0047281618754723
  • Zerbe, Michael J. “Satire of Science in Charles Dickens’ Mudfog Papers: The Institutionalization of Science and The Importance of Rhetorical Diversity to Scientific Literacy.” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology. 24.2 (2016): 197–227.


  • Various Department and Academic Senate Committees
  • Faculty Co-Chair, American Council on Education Internationalization Lab