My research deals with political and feminist rhetoric, focusing on the press’ representation of public figures. My dissertation takes a critical discourse analytic approach to tracing the circulation of discourse, issues of representation, and gendered dynamics of social sanctioning. As a case to understand these issues, my work seeks to understand how Hillary Clinton was appraised during news coverage of her private email server. In doing so I explore the implications of what happens when the press continue to report on a single issue over time, and how this informs normative beliefs about how figures—particularly female—should behave in the public sphere.
As the Assistant Director of Professional and Technical Writing I also enjoy teaching prof/tech writing, first year writing, and second language acquisition.
Graduate: Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
Undergraduate: English, The College of Wooster