I am a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am currently an affiliate with an interdisciplinary graduate and faculty research initiative called Learning to See Systems. I study rhetoric, Congressional and presidential public address, and political communication. My research examines the ways in which public policy rhetoric creates, shapes, and makes visible relationships between the government and the governed. I have written about Congressional and presidential discourse surrounding the Freedom of Information Act, and have examined the Obama Administration’s use of interactive digital data visualizations in the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
I received my M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a B.A. in Rhetoric and Media Studies from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. I also spent a semester studying Politics and Government in Washington, D.C. as part of American University’s Washington Semester Program.