As a scholar in rhetoric and composition, I have drawn on feminist theory and praxis, multimodality, and writing pedagogy to understand the literate, rhetorical, and creative practices that individuals take up in connection with cultural narratives and activism. More specifically, I have focused on investigating how women use written and visual expressions to respond to their experiences as embedded in larger cultural infrastructures. While much of my work has focused on activism in response to sexual violence, it has also led me to take up questions about rhetorics of silence, emotions of both teachers and students of writing, and material multimodal composition (rather than a narrow focus on digital production).
My work, then, stems from my desire to explore intersections between my B.S. in psychology and my Ph.D. in literacy, rhetoric, and social practice. Royster and Kirsch (2012) assert that “With patience and quiet as salient features, the goal with an ethics of hope and caring is to learn to listen and speak, not just with our heads but with our hearts, backbones, and stomachs” (p. 146). My investigations, past, present, and future, all respond, or will aim to respond, to a call for such an ethical approach (Royster and Kirsch 2012).
If you wish to explore my scholarship in greater detail, I have published articles on the Clothesline Project, an international activist event that invites survivors of violence (and families of victims) to decorate tee shirts that get hung on clotheslines in public spaces. I have also published a variety of articles about women's rhetorical practices and other women's issues, rhetorics of silence, and writing pedagogy.
Royster, J. J., & Kirsch, G. (2012). Feminist rhetorical practices: New horizons for rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.