My research is driven primarily by the question, how do we as writing instructors effectively teach students outside of our disciplines? I am especially interested in studying the discursive norms of different disciplinary communities, and asking how a more in-depth knowledge of these academic genres and sub-genres can shape our writing instruction. To that end, I rely heavily on corpus analysis and discourse analysis methods as tools for understanding genre variation at different levels of abstraction. I also am fascinated by these tools/methods themselves, and in asking how they can be built, improved, and what exactly they can tell us as writing analysts and composition instructors. Finally, I look closely at how writing analytics can shape writing instruction (including first year writing, technical and professional writing, and writing in the disciplines courses), and the effects of these methods on composition broadly.
I hold a B.A. in English Literature from Texas A&M University, and an M.A. in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.