Arabella Lyon


Arabella Lyon.

Arabella Lyon


Arabella Lyon



Rhetorical theory; comparative rhetoric; human rights representation

Contact Information

Dr. Lyon is on sabbatical during fall 2020.

I am examining the ways in which people communicate across difference.


  • PhD, Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1990
  • MA, English, University of Massachusetts‑Boston, 1986
  • BS, Nursing, Boston University, 1976 


  • "Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights" – State College: Penn State University Press, 2013. (Series on Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation). State College: Penn State UP, 2013. Rhetoric Society of America Book Award, 2014.
  • "Intentions: Negotiated, Contested, and Ignored" – State College: Penn State UP, 1998. (Series on Literature and Philosophy). Ross Winterowd Book Award, 1999.

Selected Publications

  • "Traditions of Testifying and Witnessing" – Human Rights Rhetoric: Traditions of Testifying and Witnessing
  • "Reversals of Precarity: Rewriting Refugees as Neoliberal Subjects” – Precarious Rhetorics. Ed. Wendy S. Hesford, Adela C. Licona, and Christa Teston. Columbus OH: Ohio State UP.

Professional Experience

University at Buffalo:

  • Professor, 2014-present
  • Founding Director, Center for Excellence in Writing, 2012-2015
  • UB/Singapore Institute of Management Cooperative Education Program, Visiting Professor, 2004-2005
  • Affiliated Faculty: Asian Studies; Global Gender Sexuality Studies; Immigration and Refugee Research Institute