Chris Lindgren

Chris Lindgren

Professor of Technical Communication and Data Visualization

Virginia Tech


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 studies engages digital data as a form of technical communication by understanding how computer coding is a culturally dynamic form of writing with data. 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.

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  • critical code studies
  • critical data studies
  • data processing, analysis, and visualization
  • digital cultural rhetoric
  • coding literacy
  • materiality of writing

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(2022). Building an Infrastructural Praxis: Understanding Twitter's embeddedness in the U.S.-Mexico Border. Forthcoming in Reflections (2022) Special Issue: Language, Access, and Power in Technical Communication.

(2022). Reckoning with the situatedness of data: Applying stasis to study data-driven settings. Under review at Technical Communication Quarterly.

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


(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.

PDF Collection

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


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




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


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