John Trimbur is a specialist in composition and writing studies, with interests in cultural studies of literacy and the politics of language in the United States and South Africa. He has published widely on writing theory and has won a number of awards, including the Richard Braddock Award for Outstanding Article (2003) for "English Only and U.S. College Composition," the James L. Kinneavy Award (2001) for "Agency and the Death of the Author: A Partial Defense of Modernism," and the College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award (1993) for The Politics of Writing Instruction: Postsecondary.
He has also published a collection of essays Service or Solidarity: Composition and the Problem of Expertise (2011) and three textbooks The Call to Write (6th ed. 2013), Reading Culture (8th ed. 2012), and A Short Guide to Writing About Chemistry (2nd ed. 2000) and edited the collection Popular Literacy: Studies in Cultural Practices and Poetics (2001). In July and Auguest 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.