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I am a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writing a dissertation under the directorship of Jordynn Jack. I served as Assistant Director of the UNC Writing Program twice, from 2017-2018 and 2019-2020, and I was selected as a 2018 Digital Dissertation Fellow with Carolina Digital Humanities. Before coming to UNC in 2013, I earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

outside Comet Ping Pong,
of Pizzagate notoriety, in October 2019.

I study the intersection of digital rhetoric and politics with an emphasis on contemporary conspiracy rhetoric. I am finishing my dissertation, The Rhetoric of Conspiracism in User-Centered Democracy, which analyzes how conspiracy theories flourish on social media platforms and the rhetorical consequences thereof.

I have taught a variety of courses at UNC, including digital and multimedia composition (ENGL 149), popular genres (ENGL 144), and several sections of first-year composition (ENGL 105). In spring 2021 I will teach business writing (ENGL 105i). My favorite pedagogical experience has been teaching summer sections of basic writing (ENGL 100) for Uplift PLUS, a program for high-achieving high school students from marginalized groups.


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