gender studies | cultural rhetorics
digital + professional writing | curriculum development
As an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar, my research focuses on four overlapping areas: (1) cultural rhetorics, (2) institutional and pedagogical critique, (3) queer and transgender studies, and (4) professional writing as civic engagement. I have published work on these topics in Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, Journal of LGBT Youth, Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space, and Peitho Journal. My work has also been published in several edited collections, including the 2017 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics award-winning collection, Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics.
My current book project, Getting Schooled: Teaching at the LGBTQ-Religious Juncture, uses queer of color rhetorics, trans feminism, and critical emotion studies to uncover the ways queer and trans teachers (in particular) are pressured to adopt allegedly neutral stances when conservative Christian discourse collides with lgbtq issues in the English Studies classroom. As an alternative to compulsory objectivity, I advocate a pedagogy of radical hospitality, which opens a space for transformative dialogue across difference. Not only does this project offer affirmative strategies for negotiating difficult dialogues but it also offers a thorough portrait of the working conditions and professional experiences of multimarg faculty. An earlier version of this work received the 2014 Conference on College Composition & Communication’s Lavender Rhetorics Dissertation Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship.
Currently, I work as an Assistant Professor of English and an Affiliate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Ball State University. I am also the Co-Chair of the Queer Caucus for the Conference on College Composition & Communication. Before joining BSU’s faculty, I worked as a Lecturer at Appalachian State University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University Hamilton. I received my Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from Miami University, where I served as a lead member of the Digital Writing Collaborative and as the Assistant Editor of The Teacher’s Guide and College Composition at Miami. I earned my M.A. in Literature from Kent State University, where I also worked as the assistant to the editor of American Imago.