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. While much of my work has focused on investigating how women use written and visual expressions to respond to their experiences as embedded in larger social
infrastructures, I have also taken up questions regarding rhetorics of silence, students' and teachers' experiences with writing and writing instruction, writing program administration, and material composition. In the near future, I plan to expand 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, 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 research responds to the call for such an ethical approach to scholarship (Royster and Kirsch 2012).
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, is slated for publication by Palgrave Macmillan in 2021.
Royster, J. J., & Kirsch, G. (2012). Feminist rhetorical practices: New horizons for rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies. Southern Illinois University Press.