"The Piratical Ethos in Streams of Language." Popular Communication 13.1 (2015): 45-61. Print.. doi: 10.1080/15405702.2014.977997
“DIY Digital Literacy: Technocapitalist Propriety and Piratical Strategy in the Global Information Economy” (forthcoming in DIY Composition: The Politics of Making)
My research considers the ways that technical communication intersects with front-end and back-end user experience design (UXD). In so doing, I draw attention to the ways that digital rhetoric works itself out via interfaces, interactions, navigational structures and database architectures. Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily influenced by Activity Theory, Rhetorical Genre Studies and discourse analyses, my work explores the iterative relationship among language, individuals, tools and communities in digital contexts. By articulating digital objects as rhetorical genres, my work extends investigation into the medial and agenic capacities of objects to shape our collective digital experience.
When not researching, I spend time teaching courses in technical communication, professional writing, digital writing, rhetorical theory and composition history. I also spend time working as the Design Editor at Literacy in Composition Studies. In my role, I am responsible for maintenance of our open-access website. I also design and layout the digital and print versions of LiCS. As a contributing editor, I work with the editorial team to review and revise manuscripts toward publication.
Rhetorics of Digital Intellectual Property
User Experience Design
Database Architecture Design
Rhetorical Genre Studies
Design Editor, Literacy in Composition Studies
PhD, Syracuse University, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
MA, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, English w/emphasis in Rhetoric/Composition