I am a scholar of rhetorical and argumentation theory, as well as the history of U.S. higher education policy. Having previously served as a Legislative Director for the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS), I have experience reporting on higher education policy and lobbying on issues related to funding for higher education, student debt, international student visas, and open access to research.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, I left the Midwest for the Pacific Northwest to pursue my B.A. at The Evergreen State College, an experimental, public liberal arts college. I went on to earn a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, and my Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University. I am currently an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Tech, where I teach courses in classical and modern rhetoric, critical theory, composition, and technical editing and style.
My book-length project, For the Public Good: Advocating for Higher Education’s Public Promise in an Age of Austerity, examines how higher education leaders engage in debates about global education policy in the 20th and 21st centuries.
My work also examines how education policy shapes classroom practice. I recently collaborated on a project examining the rhetorics of Intellectual Risk-Taking (IRT) in the writing classroom, which was published in the Fall 2018 issue of Composition Studies.
If you are interested in collaborating on research, teaching, or advocacy efforts, please contact me at email@example.com.