Research

My scholarly interests are wide ranging, but my current research agenda is focused on digital rhetoric, critical pedagogy, crowdsourcing, and the Internet. I am interested in issues from digital education to rhetoric and technology to Internet Studies. I recently published an article in the International Review of Information Ethics that explored the ethical and rhetorical challenges of contemporary digital education as understood as a tool for oppression; and I am currently writing an article in which I critique and define the confluence of digital rhetoric and digital humanities terminologies and practices.

My dissertation—titled, “Technical Knowledge and Audience in the Networked Age”—investigates the conceptual framework governing expertise and audience in online crowdsourced projects. The examination focuses on crowdsourced knowledge sites enabled by the Zooniverse (https://www.zooniverse.org/) research platform wherein scientists and humanists provide raw data and solicit public investigation, identification, and contribution. The driving concerns for my study concentrate on the competing roles of the expert and non-expert on digital media and the Internet and in what ways the changing notions of expertise affect audience within technical, professional, and digital communication.

I enjoy collaborating with colleagues across disciplines, and I tend to focus on projects that have some value to the community in which they take place. I favor open access publications and research, and I work to establish connections between academia and the public. My research is generally focused on investigating how humans use 21st century technology to communicate with each other, to improve their lives, and to generate knowledge.