Research


As a student of rhetoric & composition I study the intersection of words, bodies & things.  I draw on discourses of rhetoric, philosophy & education, & work in both textual & multimedia modes.

My doctoral dissertation–and current book project–seeks to apply the thought of American philosopher William James (1842-1910) to the writing classroom.  I argue that in an age of social fragmentation & populist revolt, James can provide valuable guidance as to how to live with one another.

I’m also interested in digital media literacy.  With bots, filter bubbles & fake news it seems to me that we are in the midst of a new literacy crisis.  How might digital media technologies be changing how we write & think?  How might Facebook or Twitter work to bring us together or drive us apart?  And how should writing teachers respond?  Of late, I’ve been trying to answer these questions.