Chris Lindgren, Ph.D.

Scholar invested in changing how we understand computer coding as writing with data, and how computational methods open up new inquiries about rhetoric in the world.

About Chris

Me and my best pup, Luna, at Greyson Highlands

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 from 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.

You can reach me at or find me on Twitter as @lndgrn.

Here is my CV [PDF] for more information.


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