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. I am also currently the Chair of the Special Interest Group on the Writing and Rhetorics of Code (SIGWROC).
My research engages the intersections of critical code and critical data studies by studying computer coding as a culturally dynamic form of writing with data, as opposed to simply a result of automated technology alone. You can learn more about this way of understanding coding through my article, ‘Writing with data: A study of coding on a data-journalism team."
I also apply computational social science methods to feminist and anti-racist rhetorical theories, as a means to differently understand social relationships in digital environments.
How is Twitter embedded within the U.S.-Mexico border, and how does Twitter reorganize the oppressive conditions perpetuated by the border’s sociopolitical history? We propose a theoretical framework for technical and professional communication to study and understand our role with infrastructure.
This article applies stasis to analyze the impact of situated decisions on quantitative work. I analyze a sample of situations as a data-journalism team discuss the meaning and use of data, when directly mediated by the data itself. Findings show how questions of quality were central to team discussions of potential story ideas and understanding the data and its potential uses within the scope of the potential story.
This article theorizes coding as a form of writing with data through a qualitative case study of a web developer’s coding on a data-journalism team
Proficiency with specialization in data processing and analysis
Proficiency across data visualization techniques, ranging in environments such as Google Sheets, Observable Notebooks, and Python
Proficiency in HTML5/ARIA web accessibility techniques
Proficiency in auditing, assessing, and developing web content strategies for large organizations