I am an instructor and researcher working in the Department of Writing Studies. As a teacher, I focus on the intersections of writing, rhetoric, and community action. In my technical communication courses, students partner with Twin Cities-based, community organizations and complete technical writing projects in collaboration with and for future use by these organizations. As a rhetoric and composition teacher, I take up the body as a site for rhetorical analysis. Students examine the ways in which rhetorical theory allows us to understand, engage, and, most important, respond to the various constructions of health, illness, care, and normalcy. My current research uses multi-sited, ethnographic methods and rhetorical analysis to study patient experiences of chronic pain and contested or undiagnosed illness. I study the ways people living with chronic pain and medically-contested illnesses enact different forms of care, health, and illness in their daily lives. My research engages questions of expertise, affect, trust, and the possibilities of invention in relation to chronic pain. Other teaching and research interests include: rhetorics of health, medicine, and science; feminist rhetorics of the body; disability studies; usability studies; affect theory; ethnographic methods; community-engaged research methods.