I’m an assistant professor of rhetoric in the department of Communication Arts and 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 and 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 epistolary rhetoric and instruction (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.
Research is under way for my second book project. Through an investigation of rhetorical practices by women teachers in same-sex romantic friendships, this project interrogates seductive notions of digital archives and information abundance. Also in my scholarship, I explore pedagogical engagements with digital archives. In addition to 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.