Carnegie Mellon University

Laura McCann

Ph.D. Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

PhD in Rhetoric


My research broadly studies how patients make use of both technical and feelings discourses when making sense of disruptive medical events. Currently, my dissertation research analyzes this intersection of discourse within stories about infertility shared online, and how patient accounts place viscerality as the central experience within infertility. I make use of a number of qualitative research methods to complete this work, including corpus analysis, rhetorical narrative analysis, interviews, and surveys. In addition to research, I have experience teaching professional and technical communication, first-year writing, and work closely with graduate students across disciplines to improve their communication skills.

Research Keywords: rhetoric of health and medicine, professional and technical communication, digital rhetorics, narrative analysis

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  • M.A. Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.A. English Literature and Language, University of Michigan