25 March 2016

I am a lecturer at MIT in the Writing Across the Curriculum and Comparative Media Studies/Writing programs.  My doctorate was earned at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from the Center for Writing Studies.

Understanding the disciplinarity — genre, activities, rhetoric, and discourse — of scientific fields, is my primary research interest. In the field of physics, my aim is understanding student writing, visual rhetoric, gendered aspects to communications development, as well as to what degree disciplinary opacity figures into this equation. In the field of Library and Information Science (LIS), my recent manuscript project looks closely at the heterogeneity in the field’s discourse and the increasing trend toward scientific rhetoric in this metadiscipline. Relatedly, I am interested in probing conceptual metaphors of knowledge creation and archival methods. Most recently, I have explored how this is expressed in the field of writing studies/rhetoric and composition via the discourse of fear, serendipity, and mystery. IMG_2258smallbw

At the University of Louisville, I earned my MA in English and American literature . After my MA, I taught English as an International Language (EIL/ESL) in Le Puy-en-Velay, France for the Centre International d’Etudes Pedagogiques.

My personal interests include exploring the cultures and languages of France and India, studying modernist poetry, and playing the viola.