I’m an assistant professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Penn State, where I teach courses in rhetorical theory, archival theory and methods, and queer rhetorics and intersectionality. I also serve as associate director of the Center for Humanities & Information, for which I facilitate a reading group on archives. My interdisciplinary scholarship bridges rhetoric, archives and information, and women’s, 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 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.
Archival research is in process for my second book project, which investigates how the same-sex romantic friendships of women teachers enabled their civic contributions. In an early essay drawn from this project, I focus on Caroline F. Putnam, whose relationship with Sallie Holley facilitated their rhetorical work first as abolitionists and later as freedmen’s teachers. Published in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, this essay establishes the Holley School (1868-1917) as an important site of African American rhetorical education.