Chris Lindgren, Ph.D.

Chris Lindgren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Data Visualization

Virginia Tech

Hello!

I study computer coding and data-driven work as a cultural process of communicating. If I had one goal for my career, it would be to illustrate to others how coding and data work always involve more than engineering technical structures and systems. These highly technical practices have histories linked to broader social and cultural ideas and power, which we have a tendency to ignore and forget. I want to remember and understand the impact of such histories on the decisions people make when they write and use code that writes and uses data. How does our coding maintain the societal problems, and how can we help technical professionals find value in a humanities perspective on their practices?

Some of my past research has studied how capitalistic rhetoric has impacted calls for coding as the new mass literacy of our time. Overall, my research, teaching, and community-outreach projects take up a design justice approach to communication.

Interests
  • critical code and data studies
  • data processing, analysis, and visualization
  • visual rhetoric
  • coding literacy
  • designing communication for justice

Projects

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(2022). Building an Infrastructural Praxis: Understanding Twitter's embeddedness in the U.S.-Mexico Border. Building an Infrastructural Praxis: Understanding Twitter’s Embeddedness in the U.S.-Mexico Border. Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. Special Issue: Language, Access, and Power in Technical Communication.

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(2021). "Hello, Is This the Writing Center?": Illicit Paper Mill Activity and the Compromised Recomposition of College and University Websites. Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

Open-Access Article

(2021). Writing With Data: A Study of Coding on a Data-Journalism Team. In Written Communication.

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(2021). Facts Upon Delivery: What Is Rhetorical About Visualized Models?. In Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

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(2020). Rhetmap.org: Visualizing Collaboration through Six Years of Field Data. In Kairos.

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(2019). Representing Diversity in Digital Research: Digital Feminist Ethics and Resisting Dominant Normatives. In Proceedings of the Annual Computers & Writing Conference, 2018.

PDF Collection

(2015). Using Digital Labs to Build Smarter Computing Cultures. In Rhetoric and Digital Humanities.

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(2015). Utopian Laptop Initiatives: From Technological Deism to Object-Oriented Rhetoric. In Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing.

Collection

(2015). Responding to the Coding Crisis: From Code Year to Computational Literacy. In Strategic Discourse: The Politics of (New) Literacy Crises.

Chapter

Skills

Python

Proficiency with specialization in data processing and analysis

Data Visualization

Proficiency across data visualization techniques, ranging in environments such as Google Sheets, Observable Notebooks, and Python

Web Accessibility

Proficiency in HTML5/ARIA web accessibility techniques

Content Design and Strategy

Proficiency in auditing, assessing, and developing web content strategies for large organizations

Contact

  • lindgren@vt.edu
  • 207 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Enter Shanks Hall and take the stairs to Office 207 on Floor 2
  • DM Me