I'm an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication & Data Visualization in the English Department at Virginia Tech, where I teach courses in technical communication, literacies, and digital-cultural rhetorics of technology.
My past research investigated the uptick and uptake of coding as a form of literacy across educational and professional contexts. My recent research engages questions about understanding how coding is a culturally dynamic form of writing with data. Through this research, I explain how written languages have always been tied to computation and programmatic motives. I am currently preparing publications on a case-study of a web developer, whose coding supported data-journalism work to find and tell stories with large sets of data.
I am also interested in applying computational social science methods to feminist and anti-racist rhetorical theories, as a means to differently understand social relationships in digital environments. I am currently collaborating on a project that examines Twitter discourse surrounding Trump's plans to build the border wall before, during, and after his administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy that separated children from their families.