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 intersectional LGBTQIA rhetorics. 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 was awarded the 2015 Charles Kneupper Award for the year’s Rhetoric Society Quarterly essay that most contributes to rhetorical studies.
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 as orators, published authors, and teachers of rhetoric. Early work from this 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.