Research

My research primarily investigates how people write with social media for social justice purposes, such as conducting qualitative analysis studies on hashtag feminism. Over time, my work has primarily examined how racial ideologies are discursively constructed online, such as through immigration debates in online reader comments. Most recently, I am striving to make visible more of the oft-invisible contributions of writing program administrators.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Hashtag Activism: Case Studies of Digital Protests & Online Social Movements. Co-edited collection with Melissa Ames. Forthcoming with Utah State University Press, expected 2022.

Contributions include “Introduction: The Vibrancy and Urgency of Hashtag Activism: Making Connections and Contributions.” “Affecting Digital Activism: A Comparative Study of #MarchForOurLives and #WomensMarch,” and “Capturing a Moving Target: Talking about Ethical Research Practices for Hashtag Activism” (a collaborative chapter).

“Archiving Affect & Activism: Hashtag Feminism and Structures of Feeling in Women’s March Tweets.” Co-authored with Melissa Ames. First Monday, vol. 26, no. 2, 2021. Available at https://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/10317 

“Color-Blind Rhetoric in Obama’s 2008 ‘Race Speech’: The Appeal to Whiteness and the  Disciplining of Rhetoric.” Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education, 2016. Ed. Tammie M. Kennedy, Joyce Irene Middleton, and Krista Ratcliffe. Pre-peer reviewed manuscript available here.

“Epideictic Rhetoric in Jezebel’s Breastfeeding Blogs: The Battle for Normalcy.” Fabricating the Body: Effects of Obligation and Exchange in Contemporary Discourses. Ed. Sarah Burcon. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. PDF available here.

“The ‘Hispanic’ Race Debate: Limitations of the Term in an Orlando School Board Controversy.” Xchanges 9.1 (2013). Available here.

“Technology and Models of Literacy in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction.” Brave New Teenagers: Contemporary YA Dystopias. Ed. Carrie Hintz, Balaka Basu, and Kate Broad. New York: Routledge, 2013. 145-156. PDF available here.

“The Discourse of Medium: Time as a Narrative Device.” Time in Television Narrative:  Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming. Ed. Melissa Ames. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2012. 190-201. PDF available here.

“Helping Students Negotiate Dialects in the Writing Center.” The Writing Lab Newsletter 34.9-10 (2010): 14-15. PDF available here and online.

Taylor, Timothy N., Nia Klein, Kristi McDuffie, Fern Kory, Devin Black, and Serena Heath. “Kairotic Moments in the Writing Center.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 7.1 (2009). Available here.

Other publications:

I Write: A Writing Guide for the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program at the University of Illinois. Editor and Producer. 1st edition Fall 2018. 2nd edition Fall 2019. 3rd edition, Fall 2020. 

“Why Am I Here and Where Are We Going? Introducing the Writing Guide.” I Write: A Writing Guide for the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program at the University of Illinois. July 2019. Co-author Dan Zhang. 

“From Here to There and Back Again: Learning about Writing as a Process.” I Write: A Writing Guide for the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program at the University of Illinois. July 2019.

“Introduction to Rhetoric: Definitions and Complications.” I Write: A Writing Guide for the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program at the University of Illinois. July 2019. Co-author John Maclean.

Review of “MW.02 Breaking Down Barriers and Enabling Access: (Dis)Ability in Writing Classrooms and Programs” CCCC 2014 Reviews Kairos 19.1 Available here.

“Response to Gorgias Revisited.” Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects 5.1 (2014). Available here.

Review of Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorics of Whiteness by Wendy Ryden and Ian Marshall. Textual Overtures 1. (2013). PDF available here and full issue available here.

“From Contributions to Costs: The Cultural Implications of Obituaries.” Grassroots Writing Research Journal 3.2 (2013): 17-24. PDF available here and full issue available here.

Response to “S.978 Remix.” Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects  4.1 (2012). Available here.

“Swimming in Literary Analysis.” Grassroots Writing Research Journal 2.2 (2012): 73-80. PDF available here and entire issue available here.

Response to Cecelia Jones’s “MyStory.” Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects  3.1 (2011). Available here.

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