Research

My academic research has primarily focused on histories of rhetoric and composition, particularly in institutions of higher education during the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years, however, my interests have shifting toward theories of institutional rhetorics and the rhetorical work of bureaucracy. In addition, I am increasingly interested in writing and publishing public scholarship that contributes to discussions beyond academia.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Histories of Rhetoric and Composition
History of American Education
Institutional Rhetorics
Bureaucracy
Historiography
Archival Theories and Methods

CURRENT PROJECTS

Essay Collection: Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley

Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley collects 17 essays that take up and extend the inventive practice of theorizing that characterizes so much of Sharon Crowley’s work. The goal of this collection is to continue reinventing the field of rhetoric and writing studies with new theorizing that gets us to see differently, discover new possibilities for thought and action, and potentially effect change in the field and beyond.

Essay Collection: Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump

Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump is a popular press collection of 11 essays by rhetoric experts that each seek to illuminate a particular perspective on or aspect of DJT’s rhetorical game.