Education

  • Ph.D., M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. Candidate)
  • B.A. Christopher Newport University

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Material Rhetorics
  • Rhetorics of Space/Place
  • Public Discourse

Background

I attended a liberal arts college as an undergraduate and went on to pursue my graduate degrees at a large research-focused state university. As a teacher-scholar, I value the collaborative work that I get to do with students in my role as director of the Speaking Center on campus and as an advisor on senior thesis projects. In my classes, I practice inclusive pedagogy strategies and prioritize experiential learning. I believe creating space for students to critically engage with diverse perspectives is a central component of my role in the classroom.

Research

The primary goal of my research is to investigate the role of public space in contemporary civic life. Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, I have always been interested in — and acutely aware of — the ways both iconic and mundane public spaces can function as powerful resources for political arguments as well as make compelling cases in their own right. Using a multi-method approach including textual analysis, archival research, interviews and participant-observation, I examine the material, discursive and embodied ways in which places enact differential relationships of publicity, models for participation in public life, and determine who counts as legitimate members of “the” public. In my research, I examine the ways that emerging technologies, architectures and practices designed to meet increasingly stringent standards for security in public space often exacerbate existing social inequalities.

Teaching

  • COM 101: Principles of Oral Communication
  • COM 202: Rhetorical Criticism