I am an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University where I study ethnographic material rhetorics, exploring intersections among the narratives of research participants, the environment, feminist methodologies, rhetorical theory, and technical communication. My research focuses on how people in their particular environments employ rhetorical strategies to improve their circumstances and how these strategies impact those places. My current projects center on women’s roles in various forms of agriculture, New Materialist versus discursive accounts of agricultural accidents, and the heterotopic public spaces of geocaching. I have also researched new ways of understanding rhetorical agency and the always-changing work of technical communicators, as the 21st-century postmodern culture has evolved into a post-postmodern culture.
In short, I research writing in its many material and technological forms as people make meaning with language, contest their present circumstances, and strive to build more positive worlds.