Current Research

My scholarly interests lie in the related areas of composition/rhetoric and cultural studies/new media.

My composition research falls most closely under the category of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, where I am conducting an extended grant-funded case study of student writers currently in its fourth semester of data collection.The primary research questions of this case study surround the interconnected concepts of knowledge transfer and role conflict as I’m interested in developing a better understanding of the student experience both in writing courses as well as after direct instruction is officially over.

I continue to focus primarily on science fiction and fantasy both as a genre and as a subject of fandom in my cultural studies scholarship. The next iteration of my research expands the work I began in The Science Fiction Reboot by adding an expressly rhetorical component to that project’s narratological analysis. In particular, I will be working with a contributor to Writing and the Digital Generation to consider the role of the rhetorical canon of memory in the fan experience with popular culture texts in the age of convergence culture.

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