I’m an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication & Data Visualization in the English Department at Virginia Tech.
Critical Code & Data Studies, Visual Rhetoric, Coding Literacy: I study computer coding and data as technical communication activities. I focus on understanding code and data as a process of communicating, rather than as a static product. My studies examine people, tools, and their context of work shapes and is also shaped by their coding and data during activities like data processing, analysis, and visualization. I have also previously published on the rhetorics that impact calls for a new mass literacy of coding.
Communication Design and Design Justice: I also study and perform communication design and design justice. Through a case-study on activism on Twitter, I developed an analytical framework for communicators and designers to assess how their technology is embedded in broader parts of infrastructure, such as the U.S.-Mexico border. I also am a partner on The Rematriation Project, which is building an Indigenous-led, decolonial method of digital archiving. I have also studied how papermill companies have exploited the *.edu top-level domain to bolster the credibility and trick students into buying plagiarised papers.
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 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