Faculty and Staff
|Department:||English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
|Resources:||English Language and Literature|
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2000
Areas of Specialization
• Histories and Historiographies of Rhetoric and Composition
• Rhetoric and New Materialism
• Sonic Rhetoric
• Rhetorical Approaches to Popular Music
• A Counter-History of Composition won JAC's W. Ross Winterowd Award for the best book
published on composition theory in 2007.
• A Counter-History of Composition received honorable mention for MLA's Mina Shaughnessy Prize for outstanding research publication in the field of teaching English language in 2008.
Current Research Projects
My forthcoming book, Resounding the Rhetorical: Composition as a Quasi-Object, develops new materialist approaches to composition through sound and popular music practices.
• A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.
• with David Rieder and Ollie Oviedo, eds. Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
• with Ollie Oviedo and Joyce R. Walker, eds. Digital Tools in Composition Studies: Critical Dimensions and Implications. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010.
• with Chris Lindgren and Andrew Mara. "Utopian Laptop Initiatives: From Technological Deism to Object-Oriented Rhetoric." Writing Posthumanisms. Ed., Sidney I. Dobrin. Clemson, SC: Parlor Press, 2015. 192-213.
• "Stitching Together Events: Of Joints, Folds, and Assemblages." Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric. Ed. Michelle Ballif. Southern Illinois UP, 2013. 106-27.
• "Curating Ecologies, Circulating Musics: From The Public Sphere to Sphere Publics." Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media: Writing Ecology. Ed. Sid Dobrin. NY: Routledge, 2012.
• "Vitalism, Animality, and the Material Grounds of Rhetoric." Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility and Networks. Eds. Jeremy Packer and Stephen Wiley. NY: Routledge, 2011. 196-207.
• "Reassembling Post-Process: Toward a Posthuman Theory of Public Rhetoric." Beyond Post-Process. Eds. Sidney I. Dobrin, J. A. Rice, and Michael Vastola. Utah State U P, 2011. 75-93.
• "The Shape of Rhetoric to Come: Musical Worlding as Public Rhetoric." Pre/Text 20.1-4 (2010): 7-42.
• with Andrew Mara. Introduction. "Posthuman Rhetorics and Technical Communication." Special Issue of Technical Communications Quarterly 19.1 (2010) 1-10.
• "Sonics Rhetorics." Workshop co-leader with Jonathan Alexander. 7th Biennial RSA Summer Institute. Bloomington, IN. May 25-27, 2017.
• "New Materialist Rhetorics." Workshop co-leader with Thomas Rickert. 6th Biennial RSA Summer Institute. Madison, WI. June 5-7, 2015.
• "Gesture Ecologies: Sound Art as Compositional Practice." Indiana Digital Rhetoric Symposium. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. April 9-10, 2015.
• "Composition as a Quasi-Object." Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. April 10, 2014.
• "Networked Histories: Entanglements of Communication and Composition." Co-presenter with Pat Gehrke. University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. October 28, 2013.
• "Material Rhetorics." Workshop co-leader with Thomas Rickert. 5th Biennial RSA Summer Institute. Lawrence, KS. June 3-9, 2013.
• "Grain as Punctum: Barthes and the Quasi-Materiality of Voice." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. October 27-28, 2017.
• "Mediation through Excommunication." Conference on Rhetorical Theory. University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. October 13-14, 2017.
• "Sounding the Rhetorical." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. University of San Diego. San Diego, CA. October 21-23, 2016.
• "Sonic Timbre in Extreme Post-Doom." 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Atlanta, GA. May 27-29, 2016.
• "Popular Music and the Formation of Sphere Publics." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. October 30-31, 2015.
• "Acoustic Ontology: How Forests Dwell." South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. October 2-3, 2015.
• with Brian Harmon. "Making Documentary as Multimodal Research Method." Modern Language Association. Vancouver, Canada. January 8-10, 2015.
• "Stomp Box Logic: Sirc and Sound." 65th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 19-22, 2014.
• "Future and Enduring Roles for Digital Journals and Editing." South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, GA. November 8-10, 2013.
• "On Material Composition: 'Postcomposition' as Material Rhetoric." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. October 25-26, 2013.
• "Notes Toward a Liberated Network Language." South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. October 11-12, 2013.
• "A Posthumanist Rationale for Professional Writing?" 16th Annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. Las Vegas, NV. March 13, 2013.
• with Pat Gehrke. "Networked Disciplines: Convergences of Communication and Composition." Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. February 15-16, 2013.