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Emily January Petersen introduction

Emily January Petersen introduction

Hi everybody! I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate and a presidential research fellow in the Department of English at Utah State University in the Theory and Practice of Professional Communication program. I have experience teaching composition, technical writing, and women and gender studies courses. My research focuses on professional identities from a feminist perspective, examining how women act as professional communicators through social media and historically, both in public spheres and in the workplace of the home. I'm interested in how women enact identity as users of technological systems, such as the workplace. I address my research questions qualitatively using content analysis, interviews, and archival research. My work has appeared in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Intercom, and conference proceedings.

I'm also a mother of two girls, ages 10 and 5, and I love to read and play the piano, and I blog about books. Before academia, I worked as an associate editor at a large worlwide non-profit corporation. I'm looking forward to getting help with an article I wrote about feminist historiography in my field. I need some inspirtation for making my analysis and conclusions richer and more meaningful.


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