rhetoric. pop culture. media. online communities.
I like to affectionately refer to myself as an “accidental academic.” After meandering through an undergraduate degree in Psychology I pursued a MA in English so that I didn’t have to get a 9-5 job while I raised my children. The goal was originally to specialize in Literary Studies, but after a survey course in Rhetoric, I was hooked. . .it helped that I seemed to have a real knack for it too.
I am now a PhD student at the University of Waterloo reading, researching, studying, and writing under the supervision of Professor Randy Harris and Professor Ashley Mehlenbacher, both of whom – in the words of Ron Burgundy – are “kind of a big deal.”
My work explores the political implications of popular culture, but more specifically, I study online social voting communities like Reddit, and artifacts that go viral on these platforms. Put simply, I find things on the internet and then write about them. While my approach is primarily rhetorical, is also inherently multidisciplinary, drawing on computer science, communication and media studies, philosophy, and psychology.