I’m Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. I also serve as an assistant professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and interim director of the Center for Humanities & Information. My interdisciplinary scholarship bridges rhetoric, archives and information, and feminist LGBTQ+ studies.
My first book, Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education, is a queer history of instruction in epistolary rhetoric (University of South Carolina Press, 2019). Early research for the book was awarded the 2015 Charles Kneupper Award for the year’s Rhetoric Society Quarterly essay that most contributes to rhetorical studies. The book has received an honorable mention for the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.
Currently I am writing my second book manuscript. Archival research for this project investigates how the erotic animating the same-sex romantic friendships of women teachers enabled their civic contributions as orators, published authors, and teachers of rhetoric. Early work from the project is published in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor.
Also in my scholarship, I explore the rhetorical, informational, and pedagogical dimensions of archives, both brick-and-mortar and digital. Links to these and other publications are available here; my full CV is here.