Research Agenda

My research is situated at the intersection of feminist rhetorics and technology. This area of study has yielded a variety of research projects relevant to feminist rhetorical histories, rhetorical analysis of economic discourse, and digital contemplative writing pedagogy. I'm currently working towards...FINISH.

Dissertation abstract

Computer programming literacy is increasingly understood as vital for participation in today’s global economy, but faces significant issues of access, representation, and equity. In response to information technologies that exacerbate existing disparities of gender, race, and class, the industry of coding education designed for women and underrepresented communities is growing rapidly.

 

Despite the importance and ubiquity of this industry, the discipline of writing studies knows relatively little about contemporary programming literacy education. Within the fields of technical communication and rhetoric and composition, scholars have examined the rhetoricity of code (Beck; Johnson), considered the intersections of identity and technology (Banks; Hallenbeck; Nakamura; Noble and Tynes), and theorized literacy practices in technical and educational contexts (Brandt; Selber). However, to date, writing studies has not yet considered how literacy, technology, and identity interact within the varied landscape of coding education.

 

My dissertation, “Programming Literacies: Rhetorical Education and Coding,” fills this gap through an analysis of sites of contemporary programming literacy education for women and underrepresented groups. Through a rhetorical study deploying a mixed-methods approach, I consider how literacy is taught, understood, and practiced in a range of sites of coding education, from online educational modules to meet ups, bootcamps, and formal courses. Grounded in an intersectional feminist theoretical framework, my dissertation seeks to understand how these sites of programming education work to resist and/or reify the tech industry’s status quo. In doing so, my research has the potential to contribute to ongoing conversations on literacy practices and technology in writing studies, as well as to public discourses of women’s participation in the computing industry.

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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Research in Progress

UPCOMING PROJECTS HERE.

updated 7.14.20