I’m an assistant professor of rhetoric in the department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State, where I teach courses in rhetorical theory, archival methods, and LGBTQA public address. I also serve as an associate director of the Center for Humanities & Information. My interdisciplinary scholarship bridges rhetoric, archives and information, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
My first book project, Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education, is a queer history of instruction in epistolary rhetoric (forthcoming with the University of South Carolina Press in 2019). Research for the project led to the publication of “Queering ‘the language of the heart’: Romantic Letters, Genre Instruction, and Rhetorical Practice” in Rhetoric Society Quarterly; this essay was selected for the Rhetoric Society of America’s 2015 Charles Kneupper Award.
In my most recent publication, “Romantic Correspondence as Queer Extracurriculum: The Self-Education for Racial Uplift of Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus,” I advance same-sex romantic correspondence as a pre-Stonewall site of rhetoric’s queer extracurriculum. Grounded in archival research on African American women Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus, I argue their epistolary exchange was animated by queer erotics that enabled their participation in self-education for racial uplift.
Archival research is in process for my second book project, which investigates how same-sex romantic friendships facilitated the rhetorical practices and civic contributions of nineteentch-century women teachers. Also in my scholarship, I explore the rhetorical and pedagogical dimensions of digital archives and information. Along with the essays mentioned above, my work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, Journal of Basic Writing, Peitho, and Rhetoric Review.
My full CV is available here.