Dr. Gaines Hubbell

Assistant Professor, English Director of Composition, English


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 278L
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Gaines Hubbell is an assistant professor and Director of Composition in the English department at UAH. His research focuses on topical invention and the recent history of rhetoric. Dr. Hubbell also works in the field of game studies. He is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Games Criticism, and he researches the rhetorical situations of games.

He presents his research at the conferences of the Rhetoric Society of America, Popular Culture Association, and Canadian Game Studies Association.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015
  • M.S., Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013
  • B. A., Classics and English, University of Tennessee, 2008


  • American Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Canadian Game Studies Association
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • National Council of Teachers of English

Recent Publications

  • Hubbell, G. S. (Ed.). (2020). Critical definitions of games: Essays in games criticism. McFarland. Forthcoming.

  • Lanius, C. & Hubbell, G. S. (2018).The new data: Argumentation from, with, and of data. In A. Davisson & A. Hess (Eds.), Theorizing digital rhetoric. Routledge

  • Haskins, E., & Hubbell, G.(2018) Plato’s Phaedrus and the ideology of immersion. In M. Kennerly & D. Pfister (Eds.), Ancient rhetorics + digital networks (pp. 126–139). University of Alabama Press.

  • Cooke, L. & Hubbell, G. S. (2015). Working out memory with a Medal of Honor complex. Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Games Research, 15(2).

  • Whitburn, M. D., Comer, J. L., Hubbell, G. S., Litterio, L. M., Lutzky,R. A., & Rancourt, M. A. (2011). Elocution and feminine power in the first quarter of the twentieth century: The career of Carolyn Winkler (Paterson) as performer and teacher. Rhetoric Review, 30(4), 389-405.

  • “Elocution and Feminine Power in the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century: The Career of Carolyn Winkler (Paterson) as Performer and Teacher,” Rhetoric Review 30.4: 2011. With M. D. Whitburn, J. L. Comer, L. M. Litterio, R. A. Lutzky, and M. A. Rancourt.

  • A Brief History of Topical Invention in 20th Century United States Rhetorical Studies. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 2015.