David Blakesley received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from San Diego State University and his PhD in Rhetoric, Linguistics and Literature from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Clemson faculty in 2010 as the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication, he served on the faculty of Purdue University (2000-2010) and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1989-2000). He teaches courses at Clemson in digital and print publishing, rhetorical theory, visual rhetoric, information design and architecture, and multimedia writing in virtual and game worlds.
Blakesley has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field from Computers and Composition and the Distinguished Service Award from the Kenneth Burke Society. He has chaired or co-chaired four national conferences: Computers and Writing (2003, 2010) and the Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society (2002, 2011).
Building on his years as a journal editor and series editor for Southern Illinois University Press and to address the crisis in scholarly publishing, Blakesley in 2002 founded Parlor Press, a publishing company that values scholarly peer review and publishes new and established authors across a broad range of the humanities, science, and technology, as well as eight scholarly journals. Parlor Press books have received numerous national awards, including the W. Ross Winterowd Award for Best Book in Composition Theory, the Gary Olson Award for Best Book in Rhetorical and Cultural Theory, and the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outstanding Book Award. Parlor Press has published 150 books and now includes eighteen book series.
He has authored, co-authored or edited six books: The Elements of Dramatism (Longman, 2002), The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film (SIUP, 2003, 2007), Late Poems, 1968-1993 by Kenneth Burke (University of South Carolina Press, 2005) and Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age (Comprehensive and Brief editions; Cengage, 2008-2009, 2nd edition, 2011). His articles have appeared in WPA: Writing Program Administration, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, The Writing Instructor, First Monday, Kairos and numerous other journals and anthologies.