I’m a Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and an associate professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Penn State. My interdisciplinary scholarship bridges rhetoric, archives, and gender and sexuality 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, and the project received an honorable mention for the 2020 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. The book has been reviewed in Journal for the History of Rhetoric, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Peitho, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Women’s Studies in Communication as well as featured on Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality.
My second book project, now under review, is tentatively titled The Erotic as Rhetorical Power: Romantic Friendships between Women Teachers. 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.
In 2021 my work was recognized with the National Communication Association’s Randy Majors Award for outstanding LGBTQ scholarship. Currently I am beginning a new project that charts queer trails through Rachel Carson’s letters, archives, and memorials.