About

PhD Candidate in English, Composition and Rhetoric, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My research builds on scholarship in digital, feminist, and material rhetorics to investigate how gendered rhetorical forces are exerted in computational infrastructures, including hardware, software, and code. I am Assistant Director of the English 100 program at UW-Madison and a former Graduate Fellow for the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative.

Research

“Weird Code: Gender and Programming Languages”

My dissertation investigates how digital rhetorics are gendered, looking to rhetorics about, with, and in code itself to understand embodied power asymmetries in digital contexts. My article developed from this project,  “‘feminist_brevity_in_light_of_masculine_long-windedness’: Code, Space, and Online Misogyny” has been published in Feminist Media Studies.

My MA thesis, “Data Visualization of Indian Mutiny Causes in Victorian Higher Journalism” received the University of Alabama Outstanding Thesis Award, the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award for Humanities and Fine Arts, and an honorable mention for Victorian Review’s Hamilton Prize.

Teaching

My central pedagogical goal is to teach for the demands of 21st century literacies

My courses focus on developing critical awareness of multimodal forms, including the procedures underlying all digital media, to help students understand the challenges of writing and persuading in an increasingly digital world. For more on how this approach works in my classroom, please see my website on teaching hypertext videogames, Teaching with Twine.

Instructor
English 790: Proseminar in the Teaching of Writing
English 201: Intermediate Composition
English 142: Mystery and Crime Fiction (online)
English 100: Introduction to College Composition
English 102: English Composition II
English 101: English Composition I

Teaching Assistant
English 142: Mystery and Crime Fiction
English 177: Stories, Maps, Media
English 177: Literature and Videogames
English 201: Survey of British Literature II