Curriculum Vitae


The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PhD in English (focus in Rhetoric and Composition), expected 2012

Dissertation: “Rhetoric, Social Media, and Privacy”

This project is a critical investigation into notions and practices of privacy in social media environments. Drawing on a variety of ecological perspectives, I argue for a view of privacy that foregrounds its significant rhetorical dimensions. I develop my argument by understanding privacy practices as digital literacy practices and by interrogating metaphors for the “public sphere” audiences use to engage social media. To make matters concrete, I consider the rhetorical dynamics of four key aspects of privacy—materiality, identity, intimacy, and sociality—in social media environments, including the interface design practices of Facebook and the contexts (physical and virtual) that shape digital literacy practices among users. A key conclusion of my argument is that print-based and space-based notions of the public/private dichotomy often fail to illuminate the rhetorical dynamics of privacy in social media environments.

Committee: Stuart Selber (chair), Jack Selzer, Debra Hawhee, Robert Caserio

Oregon State University, Corvallis, MA in English (focus in Rhetoric and Writing), 2007

Thesis: “Traversing the City of Blogs: Pedagogy, Performance, and Public Spheres”
Committee: Lisa Ede (chair), Anita Helle, Evan Gottlieb

Iowa State University, Ames, BA in English and History, 2003

Graduate Level Coursework:

Postcritical Perspectives on Literacy Technologies
Language, Technology, and Culture
Public Scholarship and Rhetoric
Rhetoric, Writing, and Identity
Public Memory and Rhetoric
Kenneth Burke
The Teaching of Writing
Emancipatory Composition
Current Composition Theory
Advanced Composition
Literature and Pedagogy
Ethnic Rhetorics
Histories and Historiographies of Rhetoric
The Rhetorical Tradition & the Teaching of Writing
Feminist Philosophies
Critical Social Theory

Scholarly Publications

Review Essays

E-Book Issues in Composition: A Partial Assessment and Perspective for Teachers.” with Stuart A. Selber. Composition Forum 24 (2011).

Book Reviews

Review of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu. Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society 1 (2011).

Review of Identity’s Strategy: Rhetorical Selves in Conversion by Dana Anderson. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40.2 (2010): 196-200.

“The World-Making Practices of Queer Youth.” Review of Queer Youth Cultures, ed. Susan Driver. GLQ 15.4 (2009): 643-645.

Conference Presentations

“Facebook’s Privacy Policy and Settings.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2012 (St. Louis, MO)

“”When Privates Go Public’: The Public Pedagogy of Digitized Intimacy.” Feminisms and Rhetorics, October 2011 (Mankato, MN)

“Material Responses to ‘The Air of Isolation’ of Mobile Devices: The Rhetoric of the Public/Private Distinction at Snakes & Lattes Board Game Café.” Computers and Writing, May 2011 (Ann Arbor, MI)

“Historicizing Attachments to Privacy: The Public/Private Distinction in Newsletters and Newspapers.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2011 (Atlanta, GA)

“iPads in the Technical Communication Classroom” (with Stuart A. Selber and Patricia Gael). Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, April 2011 (Atlanta, GA)

“Desiring Attention: Burke in The Economics of Attention.” Rhetoric Society of America, May 2010 (Minneapolis, MN)

“Mapping the Pedagogical Landscape of E-Reading Devices.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2010 (Louisville, KY)

“Gender in a Graphic Apocalypse: ‘Y: The Last Man’ and Gen X Anxiety in a Post(hu)man World.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, October 2009 (East Lansing, MI)

“What’s in a Zine? A Public Ancestry of Blogs.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2009 (San Francisco, CA)

“What’s Queer Got To Do With It” (workshop, with Gregory Zobel, Nels Highberg, Jonathan Alexander, & Jacqueline Rhodes). Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2008 (New Orleans, LA)

“Ann Coulter, the Liberal Blogosphere, and the (Straight, Liberal) Male Bond.” Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, October 2007 (Little Rock, AR)

“Who Are We/Who Are They? Self-Presentation by GTA’s Online” (with Sara Jameson). Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2007 (New York, NY)

Invited Talks

“Asking Students to Write Online: Negotiating the Private and Public.” Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Luncheon, April 2007 (Oregon State University, Corvallis)

“Online Citizenship: Citizen Reviews and Student/Classroom Blogs.” (keynote, with Lisa Ede). The New Research Summit, May 2006 (University of Oregon, Eugene)

Teaching Experience (descriptions here)

Teaching Technical Writing ENGL 602 (1 section, co-taught, Penn State)
Technical Writing ENGL 202C (5 sections, Penn State)
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies ENGL 245 (1 section)
Honors Rhetoric and Civic Life LA 101H (1 section, Penn State)
Rhetoric and Composition ENGL 015 (3 sections, Penn State)
Honors Rhetoric and Composition ENGL 030 (1 section, Penn State)
Technical Writing WR 327 (4 sections, Oregon State)
Business Writing WR 214 (9 sections, Oregon State)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies WS 399 (1 section, co-taught, Oregon State)
First Year Composition WR 121 (4 sections, Oregon State)
8th Grade Reading and Language Arts (2 years, Colfax-Mingo Community Middle School, Iowa)

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

Center for Democratic Deliberation Fellow, PSU, 2011-2012
Wilma R. Ebbitt Graduate Award in Rhetoric, PSU Department of English, 2010, 2011
Wilma R. Ebbitt Graduate Fellowship in Rhetoric in the College of Liberal Arts, PSU, 2009, 2010, 2011
Outstanding Philosophy Essay by a Graduate Student, OSU Philosophy Department, 2007

Professional Memberships

National Council of Teachers of English
College Composition and Communication
Rhetoric Society of America
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Modern Language Association
Coalition of Women’s Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition