I am currently NTT Assistant Professor of Digital Writing at Western Oregon University where I study and teach writing, rhetoric and digital culture.
My research considers the ways actors coordinate activity in participatory digital spaces. In so doing, I hope to draw attention to the ways that human and nonhuman agents cooperate to create vast peer productions. Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily influenced by Activity Theory and Rhetorical Genre Studies, my work explores the iterative relationship among individuals, tools and communities in networked environments. By articulating digital objects as rhetorical genres, my scholarship extends nascent investigations into the medial and agenic capacities of objects to shape our collective digital experience.
In addition to researching participatory archives, I’m also working on a project with Alice Daer on social media rhetorical genres. Drawing on twenty years of scholarship in the New Literacy Studies, this work positions informal literacy practices such as social media posting and hashtagging as rhetorical actions that can be effectively articulated as genres. By focusing on the literacy practice of hashtagging, we offer our own formula for understanding and tracing symbolic activity that moves across multiple social media contexts, communities, and applications.
When not teaching and researching, I also spend time working as web editor and contributing editor at Literacy in Composition Studies. In my role as web editor, I am responsible for the creation and maintenance of our OJS website. As a contributing editor, I work with the editorial team to review and revise manuscripts toward publication.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.