Welcome! This space serves as an e-portfolio documenting my ongoing work as a scholar-teacher in rhetoric and composition. I am a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric, Writing, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. As of 2008, I have worked as a graduate teaching associate in the Writing Program in the Department of English, and teach courses in rhetoric and writing.
As a feminist rhetorician, I believe in and use scholarship and teaching as spaces to engage writing as a tool for lifelong learning and, ideally, a technology for positive social change. As a follower and participant in the Fembot Collective, I am particularly interested in (power) relations among rhetoric, digital media, technology, and gender, and the ways people leverage digital writing technologies to imagine and enact social change, on both local and global scales.
As a teacher, scholar, and community member, I draw on my specializations in rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, transnational feminisms, cultural studies, new media, and multimodal public rhetoric to explore the power of writing to make meaning and transform everyday experiences.
Transnational Feminist Rhetorical Practice 2.0
Currently, I draw on the specializations aforementioned to explore socioeconomic issues pertaining to media activism as it pertains to women’s health and sport advocacy–often referred to as feminist sports media studies. My dissertation situates feminist sports studies in the context of globalization, new media technologies, and women and development, mapping rhetorical webs of power mobilized by mediated women’s sport and health advocacy campaigns, such as the Girl Effect and the Women’s International Sports Movement. Engaging a textured reading that blends hermeneutic analysis with social media analytics, I link conversations in transnational feminist studies concerning “global” flows and constructions of feminist rhetorical practice with emergent research in new media studies and computers and composition concerning the role of Web 2.0 in engaging and redefining public rhetorics.