About Me

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I am an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation, Humility, Trauma, and Solidarity: The Rhetoric of Sensitivity, tracks the operation of gender in post-human rhetorical theory through chapters on reading and addiction, sensitivity and trigger warnings, and identification in hypertext video games. My current project continues this investigation into rhetorical identification, solidarity, and exposedness. While I was at UT Austin, I served as Assistant Director in the Digital Writing and Research Lab for two years (2013-2015). I earned a Digital Writing and Research Certificate in 2015. From 2012-2013, I served on the Rhetoric Society of America Governing Board. I have presented conference papers at MLA, CCCC, NCA, and RSA. My writing is published in Philosophy & RhetoricTransgender Studies QuarterlyKairos, QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking, The E3W Review of Books, and Interstitial. I am a co-editor (with Andrea Alden, Judy Holiday, and Ryan Skinnell) of Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley, which is under advance contract.