Currently, I am a Science Communications Associate at Princeton University in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (web portfolio). I research communications practices across the academy, as well as write news stories on engineering research, and lead the Princeton Engineers web feature.
Previously, I was a lecturer at MIT in Writing Across the Curriculum, part of the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department. There, I lectured in technical writing and communications across the curriculum, working within 10+ fields in engineering and the sciences. My doctorate was earned at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from the Center for Writing Studies.
Understanding how communities communicate across all forms of media from text to visual means, including web, social media, images, and multimedia, is a common thread throughout my career of writing, teaching, and research. This applies to producing and studying science writing for the public, studying communications practices within the academy, as well as studying and teaching how fields in science and engineering communicate within their given disciplines.
Disciplinarity — genre, activities, rhetoric, and discourse — of science and engineering fields, has a been a concentrated research interest, which I’ve researched across several fields. In the field of physics, I analyzed student writing, visual rhetoric, gendered aspects to communications development, as well as to what degree disciplinary opacity figures into these communications aspects. In the field of Library and Information Science (LIS), my research looks closely at the heterogeneity in the field’s discourse and the increasing trend toward scientific rhetoric in this metadiscipline. Relatedly, within the archives, I am interested in probing conceptual metaphors of knowledge creation and archival methods. In the field of writing studies, I explored how this is expressed via the discourse of fear, serendipity, and mystery that is endemic to the field.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I earned my M.A. in English and American literature at the University of Louisville. After my M.A., I taught English as an International Language (EIL/ESL) in le Puy-en-Velay, France for the Centre International d’Etudes Pedagogiques. In 2013, the IUFM system was reconfigured as INSPÉ, and the IUT at le Puy-en-Velay became a satellite campus of the Université Clermont Auvergne.
My personal interests include exploring the cultures and languages of France and India, studying modernist poetry, and playing the viola.