I am an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and core faculty member in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program at the University of Central Florida. My research uses rhetoric as an analytical tool for examining scientific, technological, and medical discourses.
My current project, Making Sense of Lyme Disease: Patient Empowerment Rhetoric in the Internet Era, investigates how how arguments sustain what I call the “patient empowerment
paradox”: how widely accepted rhetorical moves often considered empowering become gridlocked
competing channels of information that can be disempowering and harmful to patients seeking medical relief.
Other recent projects focus on feminist technologies (Peitho), pain scales (POROI: Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry), and the diabetes management (Technical Communication Quarterly). My interest and investment in pedagogy run parallel to this work. Past and forthcoming publications focus on teaching students to evaluate ambiguous or “wildcard” sources (College English) and teaching interdisciplinary research methods (Journal of Medical Humanities and Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture).
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