I'm an Okie with a deep appreciation for the red dirt complexity of my home state, in all its subtle beauty and distressing ahistorical political forgetfulness. Perhaps due to the profound impact place has had on my own identity, re-inscribed and reformed countless times on front porches and at kitchen tables through the stories of my elders and friends, my scholarship also looks to the relationships formed between place, identity, and story.
The purpose of my work is to understand the formation of relationships between people, identity, and place, and rhetorically listen to how these relationships are expressed in oral, written, digital, and embodied ways. My research explores representations and experiences of environmental in/justice, toxic landscapes, and ways diverse stakeholders communicate and negotiate place-based interests through vernacular and credentialed expertise.
I am a PhD student at The Ohio State University, studying Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy. My areas of study are environmental and place-based rhetorics, participatory research methods, and technical writing.