Andrew Fiss

Andrew Fiss


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  • Associate Professor of Technical & Professional Communication
  • Ph.D. History & Philosophy of Science, Indiana University
  • A.B. Mathematics, Vassar College


I work at the intersections of STC (scientific & technical communication) and STS (science, technology, and society), and I enjoy writing about unexpected texts held in college archives. My articles have appeared in the journals Science & Education, the History of Education Quarterly, New York History, Peitho, Configurations, The Mathematical Intelligencer, and Technical Communication Quarterly. My book, Performing Math: A History of Communication and Anxiety in the American Mathematics Classroom (Rutgers, 2021), uses archival research to argue that we must understand mathematics as communication-based, particularly in light of Americans’ widespread math hatred and high rates of math anxiety. Looking to historical developments in higher education, it brings together nineteenth-century instructions for reading mathematics textbooks, manuals for speaking at the blackboard, debates about written testing, with student funerals for mathematics textbooks and student-written mathematical plays. Performing Math has been favorably reviewed and was recognized with the Best Book Award in Technical or Scientific Communication 2023 from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

I teach courses that contribute to the BS and BA majors in Scientific and Technical Communication. At the graduate level, I teach and advise for the MS and PhD in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture, with classes in Technical & Scientific Communication; and Public Understandings of Science.

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  • Technical Communication
  • STS (Science and Technology Studies; Science, Technology, and Society)
  • Science Communication
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Math
  • History of Higher Education