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Bruce Ballenger

bruceballengerProfessor; Director of Rhetoric and Composition | (208) 426-7609 | Hemingway 200

Dr. Bruce Ballenger is a Professor of English and former department Chair at Boise State University specializing in composition theory, inquiry-based learning, and creative nonfiction. He is the author of seven books, including best-selling textbooks The Curious Writer and The Curious Researcher, all published by Pearson. He has published more than thirty articles and essays in publications ranging from River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction to College English. His latest book is Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction.


  • Ph.D. in English, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A. in English, Nonfiction, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. in Natural Resources, University of Michigan
  • B.S. in Botany, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay


Creative nonfiction, composition theory, first year writing

Recent Publications

  • The Curious Writer 5e (2017)
  • The Curious Researcher 8e (2015)
  • “Let’s End Thesis Tyranny,” Chronicle of Higher Education (2013)
  • “When Nostalgia is the Scent We Follow,” River Teeth, (2011)


  • ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing
  • ENGL 102 Introduction to College Writing and Research
  • ENGL 204 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 324 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: Essay Tradition, Radio Essay, Field Writing
  • ENGL 401 Advanced Nonfiction
  • ENGL 534 Form and Theory of Nonfiction
  • ENGL 524 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENGL 568 Essay Tradition

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