CV

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Education

Ph.D. Penn State University, Communication Arts and Sciences, Spring 2018
Dissertation: Rhetoric and the Making of Algorithmic Worlds
Advisor: Rosa Eberly
Specializations: Digital Media, Rhetorical Criticism, Publics and Political Discourse, History of Technology     

M.A. Penn State University, Communication Arts and Sciences, Spring 2014
M.A. Thesis: Convergence Rhetorics: Negotiating Digital and Offline Identities
Advisor: Rosa Eberly

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

Employment

Lecturer, Department of Communication
University of the Pacific, 2019-

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
Penn State University, 2018-2019

Center for Humanities and Information Predoctoral Fellow
Penn State University, 2017-2018

Graduate Assistant, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
Penn State University, 2013-2017

University Graduate Fellow
Penn State University, 2012-2013

Publications

Edited Works
Speech and Debate as Civic Education. Eds J. Michael Hogan, Jessica A. Kurr, Michael J. Bergmaier, and Jeremy D. Johnson. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2017.

“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).

Journal Articles
“Networked Reality and Technological Power: Argumentation and Memory in Facebook Memorials for Nelson Mandela.” Argumentation & Advocacy 54 (2018).

“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.

“Isocratean Tropos and Mediated Multiplicity.” Co-authored with Rosa Eberly. In Eds. Damien Pfister and Michele Kennerly, Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2018.

“Timescape 9/11: Networked Memories.” Forthcoming in Ed. Carol Winkler, Networking Argument. New York: Routledge, 2019.

“Algorithm.” Forthcoming in Eds. Michele Kennerly, Samuel Fredrick, and Jonathan Abel, Information: Keywords. New York: Columbia.

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.

Other Press
“Becoming the Bot.” Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative blog, April 2018.

In Progress
"Network Bias and the Rhetoric of Anti-conservatism in Google Search." Preparing for Spring 2019 submission to Computers and Composition.

“On Shifting the Stasis of Online Argument.” Co-authored with Michael Stuedeman. Invited contribution to Teaching Demagoguery and Democracy, ed. Michael J. Stuedeman. Edited volume submission to Intermezzo in June 2019.

Honors, Awards, and Service

Disciplinary Recognition & Service

Michael Calvin McGee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
Alta Argumentation Conference, Summer 2017.

Reviewer, National Communication Association 
Critical Cultural Studies Division, Spring 2018.

Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric
Special Issue: “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump,” Fall 2017.

McNair Scholar
Program designed to promote doctorate studies for students from underrepresented groups.

Institutional Recognition & Service

Nancy and Joseph Birkle Student Engagement Award 
Center for Democratic Deliberation, Penn State University, Spring 2016.

First-year Graduate Representative
Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians, Penn State University, 2012-2013.

Department Recognition & Service

Carroll C. Arnold Award for Scholarly Excellence
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University, Spring 2018.

Graduate Student Director of Forensics
Penn State Speech and Debate Society. Directed team development and competition, 2013-2017.

Graduate Committee Representative
Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, 2016-2017.

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, 2013-2014.

Grants, Funding, and Research Awards

Fellowships

Center for Humanities and Information Dissertation Fellowship.
Included 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.

University Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University.
Included full-year teaching release, 2012-2013.

Research Awards

External Funding Incentive Award, College of the Liberal Arts, October 2016.
Applied for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Internal Research Award, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, September 2015.
Funded travel to September 11 Memorial and Museum for research.

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.

Selected Presentations

Invited Talks

“Google’s ‘Ground Truth’ and the Rhetoric of Anti-Conservative Bias.” Invited presentation at Digital Rhetoric/Digital Media in the Post-Truth Age, University of Alabama, March 2019.

“Algorithms, Rhetoric, and Political Controversy: Tracing the Effects of Automation on Public Discourse.” Invited presentation at Ripon College, April 2018.

“Algorithmic Architects: Rhetoric’s Kosmos and Rick Santorum.” Presentation for Penn State Center for Democratic Deliberation, April 2017.

“Stasis, Rhesis; Topos, Tekmerion; Ethos, Tropos; Identity, Plastiduditude.” Presentation with Rosa Eberly and A.W. Cody. Camp Rhetoric, Penn State University, Feb. 2017.

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

“Constitutional Rhetoric and the Plight of Snowden.” Invited presentation for panel on Edward Snowden, Penn State University College of Communications, Oct. 2013.

Conference Presentations

“Marginalizing Queer Voices in YouTube’s Algorithmic Agora.” Presented to the National Communication Association Convention, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.

“Rhetoric’s Kosmos: Being in a Networked World.” Presented to the National Communication Association Convention, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.

“Searching for Robert Fisher: Unmasking Misogyny on Reddit.” Presented to the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.

“Tay – Zo: Microsoft’s AI Chat Bots and Rhetorical Reflexivity.” Presented to the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.

“Personalized Publics and Racializing Algorithms." Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Dallas, TX, Nov. 2017.

“Algorithmic Memories.” 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.

“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.

“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.

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

“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.

“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.

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.

Rhetoric Society of America Institute, 2015.
Workshop: Networked Rhetorics (Collin Gifford Brooke)

Memberships
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Association of Internet Researchers