About Me

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah. From 2016-2020, I was an Assistant Professor in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program at Texas Tech University, where I directed the English department’s Media Lab for two years. 

My current research project is a book on rhetorical theory, academic freedom, and campus activism. I’ve taught graduate courses on rhetorical theory, posthumanism, and the history of rhetoric. In 2018, I won the TTU College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Innovation Award for my composition course on rhetoric and videogames. At Utah this fall, I’m teaching a new undergraduate course on queer rhetorics.

I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. 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. I am a lifetime member of the Rhetoric Society of America, and I served on the Governing Board from 2012-2013.

I have presented conference papers at MLA, CCCC, NCA, and RSA. My writing is published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Composition Forum, Philosophy & RhetoricTransgender Studies QuarterlyKairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. 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 available now from Utah State University Press.