Broadly speaking, my research engages questions around rhetorics of health, wellness, (dis)ability, technology, and literacy. My approach is interdisciplinary and embraces collaboration. The thread connecting all of my projects is one that centers individuals’ lived experience through critical consideration of texts/discourse (broadly conceived), literacies, practices, bodies, and material objects.
lived experience with wellness programs
My current major project examines people’s daily lived experience with health, technology, and wellness beyond medical settings, specifically focusing on Employee Wellness Programs (EWPs) as a site of wellness discourse and practice. My findings highlight how institutional power, discourse, and technologies work together to shape ideas about health, bodies, and what it means to enact wellness in different spaces.
Selected Publications & Awards
Building Digital Literacy BDL@DLI
This collaborative project investigates public discourse about human microbiomes, studying how popular health articles use evidence and expertise to make claims about applying scientific research to daily health practices, how readers might evaluate them, and how translations of science to a popular audience might contribute to the perpetuation of health misinformation.
Recently Completed Projects
Ethos and MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE-MAKING: Recipe Practices in Premodern England
In this independent project, I examined recipe writing, curation, and circulation practices in premodern England, illuminating the ways household medical information was developed, collected, shared, and used. Findings from the study have insights for how we define technical communication and for understanding how tactical technical communication and expertise operate in non-digital/non-internet spaces.