As a scholar in rhetoric and composition, I draw 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. While much of my work has focused on investigating how women use written and visual texts to respond to their experiences as embedded in larger social
infrastructures, I have also taken up questions regarding rhetorics of silence, students' and teachers' affective experiences with writing and writing instruction, writing program administration, and material composition. Currently, I am expanding my research and teaching in medical rhetoric and medical humanities.
My work, then, stems from my desire to explore intersections between my B.S. in psychology and my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with a focus on literacy, rhetoric, and social practice. Moreover, I aim for this work to align with "an ethics of hope and caring," as described by Royster and Kirsch (2012): “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).
If you wish to explore my scholarship in greater detail, refer to "Publications" in the dropdown menu or to my CV. My first book, Materializing Silence in Feminist Activism, published by Palgrave Macmillan, was released in October 2021 and is available at Springer, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
Royster, J. J., & Kirsch, G. (2012). Feminist rhetorical practices: New horizons for rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies. Southern Illinois University Press.