I’m currently a PhD student in English (Composition: Literacy, Pedagogy, Rhetoric) at the University of Pittsburgh. I also have an MA in English and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Louisville.
My work revolves around the history (and future!) of technology and writing instruction. Initially sparked by a professor’s generous gift of a few dusty “programmed instruction” college writing textbooks, my interest in teaching with/as technology has taken several forms in the last few years: I’ve composed and assigned creative-critical digital essays; researched the open, online publication of course evaluations at local universities; written and presented with colleagues about quantifying scholarly labor; and designed and implemented a study about Twitter as a medium for expressive writing.
My dissertation will investigate how a number of seemingly antiquated gadgets, including programmed instruction textbooks and teaching machines, have quietly maintained their appeal in various guises among college writing teachers. This is despite the popular belief that good writing can’t be broken down into modules or quantified.
At the core of this project (and everything I do) are questions about academic labor, the nature and value of teaching and learning reading and writing, and the politics of contemporary higher education.
I collect retro ed tech kitsch and I cook a lot.
I'm really jazzed to be part of HASTAC and I look forward to chatting with you all!