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Education

Ph.D. Penn State University, Communication Arts and Sciences, Anticipated Spring 2018
Dissertation: Algorithmic Architects: A New Rhetorical Order. Prospectus passed October 2016
Committee: Rosa Eberly (Advisor) Stephen Browne, Michele Kennerly, Anne Demo, Stuart Selber
Specializations: Digital Media, Rhetorical Criticism, Public and Political Discourse, Rhetoric of Science, History of Technology     

M.A. Penn State University, Communication Arts and Sciences, Spring 2014
M.A. Thesis: Convergence Rhetorics: Negotiating Digital and Offline Identities
Committee: Rosa Eberly (Advisor), Thomas Benson, Stephen Browne, J. Michael Hogan

B.A. Ripon College, Communication and Politics & Government, Spring 2012

Publications

Journal Article
“The Rhetoric and Poetics of Speech and Debate.” Argumentation & Advocacy 53, no. 2 (2017): 149-162.

Book Chapters
“Ethics, Agency, and Power: Toward an Algorithmic Rhetoric.” In Eds. Amber Davisson and Aaron Hess, Theorizing Digital Rhetoric. London: Routledge, 2017.
“Plastiduditude: Isocratean Tropos and Harry Shearer’s Rhetorics of Multiplicity.” Co-authored with Rosa Eberly. Forthcoming in Eds. Damien Pfister and Michele Kennerly, Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2018.

Edited Volume
Speech and Debate as Civic Education. With J. Michael Hogan, Jessica A. Kurr, and Michael Bergmaier. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2017.

Journal Special Issue
“Speech and Debate as Civic Education.” Eds. J. Michael Hogan, Jessica A. Kurr, Jeremy D. Johnson, and Michael J. Bergmaier. Communication Education 65, no. 4 (2016).

Conference Proceedings
“Timescape 9/11: Networked Memories.” Accepted for Selected Proceedings of the AFA/NCA Conference on Argumentation, 2017.

Book Review
Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere, by Damien Pfister. Quarterly Journal of Speech 102, no. 3 (2016): 328-332.

Works in Progress
“Public Good and Public Interest: The Communications Act of 1934 and the Rhetorical Resources of Net Neutrality.” Under review at Rhetoric & Public Affairs.
“Networked Memories of Mandela: Rhetoric and Remembrance in Social Media Environments.” Under review at Argumentation & Advocacy.

Grants, Funding, and Research Awards

Center for Humanities and Information Dissertation Fellowship. Includes full-year teaching release for dissertation work, 2017-2018.
Center for Democratic Deliberation Dissertation Fellowship. Included Spring 2017 teaching release for dissertation work, 2016-2017.
External Funding Incentive Award, College of the Liberal Arts, October 2016. Applied for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016.
Internal Research Award, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, September 2015. Funded travel to September 11 Memorial and Museum for research, 2015.
Internal Research Award, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, November 2013. Funded travel to University of Texas – Austin to visit the Digital Writing and Research Lab, 2013.
University Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University. Included full-year teaching release, 2012-2013.

Professional Development & Research Training

Rhetoric Society of America Institute, 2017.
Seminar: Digital Rhetoric Beyond the Screen (James Brown, Casey Boyle, Steph Ceraso)
Workshop: Argumentation (David Zarefsky)
Penn State Symposium: Theorizing Communication in a Digital Age, participant, 2017.
Research Assistant, J. Michael Hogan, Penn State University, Summer 2016.
Rhetoric Society of America Institute, 2015.
Workshop: Networked Rhetorics (Collin Gifford Brooke)
Research Assistant, Anne Demo, Penn State University, Fall 2015.
Research Assistant, Rosa Eberly, Summer 2015.
Research Assistant, Rosa Eberly, Penn State University, Summer 2014.

Honors, Awards, and Service

Michael Calvin McGee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, Alta Argumentation Conference, 2017.
Graduate Committee Representative, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, 2016-2017.
Nancy and Joseph Birkle Student Engagement Award, Center for Democratic Deliberation, Penn State University, Spring 2016.
Graduate Student Director of Forensics, Penn State Speech and Debate Society. Directed team development and competition, 2013-2017.
Technology Committee Graduate Representative, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, 2015-2016.
Faculty and Advisory Committee Graduate Representative, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, 2014-2015.
Graduate Forum President, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University.
First-year Graduate Representative, Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians, Penn State University, 2012-2013.
McNair Scholar, program designed to place students from underrepresented groups in graduate school, 2010-present.

Presentations

“Personalized Publics and Racializing Algorithms.” To be presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Dallas, TX, Nov. 2017.

“Algorithmic Memories.” To be presented on Algorithms & Public Discourse panel, National Communication Association Convention, Dallas, TX, Nov. 2017.

“Timescape 9/11: Networked Memories.” Presented to the Alta Argumentation Conference, Alta, UT, July 2017.

“Speech and Debate as Civic Education.” Invited presentation with Jessica A. Kurr. Penn State Department of Communication Arts and Sciences colloquium, December 2016.

“The Networked Swarm.” Presented on panel, “Networks, Swarms, Ciphers, and Ephemeral Publics: Theories of Conjoint Being and Action,” National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2016.

“Objectivity’s Rhetorical Effects.” Panel presentation, National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2016.

“Kosmos in Cosmos: Communicating Scientific Order in Primetime Television.” Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016.

“The ‘Public Good’ and ‘Public Interests’ of Communication: Debating the Communications Act of 1934 and the FCC’s Net Neutrality Policies.” Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016.

“Plastiduditude: Isocratean Tropos and Harry Shearer’s Rhetorics of Multiplicity.”  Co-authored with Rosa Eberly.  Presented to the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Division at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2015.

“Textuality and Digital Rhetoric.” Presented on the panel, “Theorizing Digital and Networked Rhetorics: Nine Key Concepts,” for the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2015.

“Sampling Harry Shearer.”  Presentation with Rosa Eberly and Adam Cody at Pennsylvania State University, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences Colloquium, October 2015.

“Mourning Vile Rat: Electronic Epideictic and the Masks of Antiquity.” Presented to the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Division at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 2014.

“Google Bombed: Rhetorical Algorithms and the Agency of Search.” Presented to the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 2014.

“Secrecy, Identity, and Authority: The Curious Case of Edward Snowden vs. Barack Obama.” Presented on panel, “Materializing the Nation’s Secrets: National Insecurity, Cryptographs, and Hommes Fatales,” National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 2014.

Textualizing Deliberation: Arrangement and Representation of Rhetoric in the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review.”  Co-authored with Dr. Mark Hlavacik and Dr. John Gastil.  Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 2014.

Rugged Children: Rhetorical Construction of the Ideal Democratic Citizen in The Blaze’s ‘Liberty Treehouse.’”  Presented to the Public Address Division at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C., November 2013.

When Worlds (Of Warcraft) Collide: Rhetorics of Digital Identity and Politics.”  Presented to the Critical and Cultural Studies Division at the National Communication Association Convention,  Washington, D.C., November 2013.

The Rhetoric and Poetics of Oral Interpretation: Re-situating and Re-disciplining Forensic Interpretation Events.”  Written and presented for panel, “Making Connections Between Forensic Praxis and the Communication Discipline: Advocating a Theoretical Coaching and Competition Paradigm,” National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C., November 2013.

From Ashcan Art to Occupy Comics: Rhetorical Individualism in Collectivist Movement Art.”  In progress with Dr. Steve Martin, Ripon College.  Presented to the 2013 Camp Rhetoric Conference, Penn State University, February 2013.

“Forging the Enemy: A Discursive Analysis of the ‘Anonymous’ Hate Machine.”  Presented to the Communication and the Future Division at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, Florida, November 2012.

The Paradoxes of Martyrdom: Media Coverage and Discourse Surrounding Gay Suicides.” Presented to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division at the National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2011.