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David E. Sloane, Ph.D.

Release Date:
7/10/2008 9:00 PM

David E. Sloane is a Professor with dual appointments in English and Education. His expertise includes power writing, power speaking, power conferencing, applied linguistics, Mark Twain and American humor, Thomas Edison, and cultural entrepreneurialism.


Educational Background:
Ph.D., Duke University
M.A. Duke University
B.A. with Honors, Wesleyan University

Summary of Expertise:
Mark Twain, American humor, Thomas Edison, writing/speaking. Sloane also consults in power writing, power speaking, and power conferencing since 1976. His clients have included KPMG Peat Marwick, Asea-Brown-Boveri, Dun and Bradstreet, Atlantic Health Systems, Konover Corporation, Holyoke Hospital, Yale University OSHA, GeoDesigns, and IKEA, as well as state CPA organizations from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Current or Recent Research:
Sloane is writing a book titled Edison's Daughter , based on the documented life of his grandmother, Madeleine Edison. Several articles on Mark Twain are also slated.

Books or Significant Articles Published:

  •  "Student Companion to Mark Twain" (2001)
  • "New Directions in American Humor" (1998)
  • "Mark Twain's Humor: Critical Essays" (1993)
  • "Sister Carrie: Theodore Dreiser's Sociological Tragedy" (1992)
  • "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: American Comic Vision" (1988)
  • "American Humor Magazines and Comic Periodicals" (1987)
  • "The Literary Humor of the Urban Northeast" (1983)
  • "Mark Twain as a Literary Comedian" (1979)

Current or Recent Professional Memberships, Activities or Awards:

  • Power Writing, Comfort Systems, 2008.
  • Power Writing, GeoDesign, 2008.
  • Power Writing and Power Speaking, IKEA, 2007-2008.
  • Past president of the American Humor Studies Association and the Mark Twain Circle
  • Awarded the Henry Nash Smith Fellowship by the Center for Mark Twain Studies for distinguished contributions to the field
  • Lectures to national and international audiences on "Edison's Daughter," "The Edison Test," and "What Would Edison Do Now?"
  • Carnegie Foundation Connecticut College Teacher of the year (2002)
  • Awarded the American Humor Studies Association "Charley" for distinguished contributions to the field
  • Board of Directors:
    • APT Foundation
    • Eli Whitney Museum
    • Mark Twain House and Museum

Specific Subjects or Issues Faculty Expert Can Knowledgeably Discuss:

  • Mark Twain
  • American humor
  • Thomas Edison
  • Editing for clarity, tone, organizing, and positive effect on the audience
  • Speed writing
  • Conference trainer/convener

Courses Faculty Expert Teaches:
Applied Linguistics
Power Writing
Mark Twain
Technical Writing
Advanced Public Speaking
Writing for Business and Industry
American Humor