I study social media rhetoric and the politics of misinformation with an emphasis on contemporary conspiracy rhetoric. My dissertation, “The Rhetoric of Conspiracism in User-Centered Democracy,” analyzes how conspiracy content flourishes on social media platforms and the rhetorical consequences thereof. An article manuscript based on my dissertation research is currently under review, and I am eager to publish more work in this vein. I am grateful to have received multiple fellowships to support my work, including a 2018-2019 Digital Dissertation Fellowship from Carolina Digital Humanities.
While I enjoy doing research, teaching is my primary passion. In fall 2021, I will teach courses in composition and business writing at Methodist; in future semesters at MU, I hope to offer courses on digital rhetoric, writing for social media, and online disinformation and propaganda. At UNC I taught courses in business writing, digital and multimedia composition, popular fiction, basic writing, and first-year composition. My pedagogy was recognized in spring 2021 with a Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTASA), a campus-wide teaching honor at UNC for excellence in undergraduate instruction.
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