Research Interests


I gravitate toward research projects in which I can investigate questions about writers’ interactions in screened culture, digital distribution of cultural cache, and how¬†activism is affected¬†by networked spaces.

Below are a few samples of my research, including current projects, articles, and research posters.


Current Projects

Dissertation: From Silence to Impact: Activist Discourse and Women Rhetors in Networked Spaces

My dissertation argues that social media hashtags play a central role in dispatching activist language, as hashtags simultaneously catalog and spotlight topics pertinent to cultural moments, creating cyclical public discourse about current events. I assert that social media hashtags are central to new media literacy, specifically looking to how women write about their lived experiences online and seek to raise awareness toward related social justice issues. I examine activist literacy through three case studies of hashtag movements: #YesAllWomen, #SayHerName, and #FemFuture. My methods center upon a feminist content analysis to investigate the historical emergence of these hashtags and theories of networked social movements to trace the rhetorical impact of hashtag discourse. An extended look at my dissertation is available here.

“Considering Global Communication and Usability as Networked Engagement: Lessons from 4C4Equality”

My co-researcher and I continue to adapt and write about the development of 4C4Equality (4C4E), an initiative we implemented through the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs). The two of us have worked with this initiative together since the fall of 2013 and the nature of our ongoing work is collaborative.

The purpose of 4C4E is to help academic conference goers become more responsive to economic, political, and cultural issues important to people who live in the cities that host the conference each year. From 2014 to 2016, 4C4E provided an array of tactics through which conference goers might support local struggles for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. Through the initiative, we developed networked engagement as a method for connecting global concerns to local activism. This method draws from research on global communication and usability in writing studies and adjacent areas of inquiry to develop a complex view of audience and a sense of purpose that emphasizes usefulness over a uniform critique or set of practices. Below are two maps tracing the evolution of our project and more detail about the initiative is available here.

A research map detailing the original design and plans for the 4C4E initiative.
A research map depicting the evolution of the 4C4E initiative from 2015 and beyond

Research Posters

These two research posters represent my ongoing projects in technical communication pedagogy design and a collaborative project focused on networked engagement. Click to enlarge.