Research Agenda

My research is situated at the intersection of feminist rhetorics, literacy, and technology. In particular, I consider computer programming as a literacy and examine how computer programming literacy is theorized, taught, and practiced in sites of coding education specifically designed to increase access, representation, and agency. For more information about my dissertation research, you can read my dissertation abstract here. Drawing on data from the dissertation, I have two article proposals accepted in special issues of IEEE Transactions in Professional Communication and Technical Communication.

 

My previous work lays the foundation for my dissertation through its feminist focus on platforms and technologies. For example, I have an accepted chapter in Widening the View: Essays on Feminist Historiography, Ephemeral Archives, and Rhetorical Education that considers how famed 1930s radio host Mary Margaret McBride created new genre norms and advocated for social justice through her feminist platform. And in an article currently under review, I analyze how the interface design of the home rental platform Airbnb strategically cultivates a “rhetoric of belonging” that facilitates discrimination and elides the economically precarious nature of work on the platform. Ultimately, my research is invested in making visible technology’s role in mediating structural oppression and providing avenues to pursue more equitable futures.

While my first research goal is to revise my dissertation research into a scholarly monograph, I have a secondary strand of research building on the data collected for this project. Existing studies of technical communication have only recently begun to foreground issues of social justice, while research in rhetorical code studies primarily focuses on the text of the code itself rather than the material contexts in which programming is practiced. But as scholars like Safiya Noble show, algorithmic bias intensifies the material and social consequences of existing structural oppression. In this research, I extend my grounded theory analysis to highlight data pertaining to workplace contexts. In particular, I want to consider the lived experiences of marginalized developers as they work towards more equitable technologies in their specific industries. For this research, I have a chapter proposal currently under review for the edited collection Tactical Approaches to Technical Communication.

Selected Conference Presentations

Programming Women: Platform Labor and Rhetorical Education

Algorithms for Her? Conference, London, England (2020)

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“Transnational Feminism and the Rhetoric of Women’s Coding Literacy Movements”

Feminisms and Rhetorics, Harrisonburg, Virginia (2019)

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“What It Means to Compose for the Web: The Lessons of Curating Three Exhibits for the Museum of Everyday Writing”

Computers and Writing Conference (2016)

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“Digital Contemplative Composition: A Feminist Approach to Inquiry”

Conference on College Composition and Communication (2016)

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updated 11.25.20