My scholarship rests at the intersection of writing theories, digital technologies, and embodied practices. For the last decade and a half, I have been examining what material writing technologies, constituted through embodied practices of everyday life, can enrich our understandings of what writing is, both historically and theoretically in the early 21st century. My current project (working title: The Writing Hand) examines the human hand as a productive site of interface between human cognition, embodiment, and writing technology. I also edit Written Communication: An International Quarterly of Research, Theory, and Application (Sage), including recent special issues on "Writing and Medicine," "Writing in Global Context," and "Writing and Cognition (in Honor of John R. Hayes)." I am also interested in research methodologies, especially the development of methods specifically suited to writing studies.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University


  • Writing as material, embodied practice
  • Writing technologies -- historical and contemporary
  • Research methodologies for the study of writing
  • Literacy history and theory
  • Argument
  • Technical and Professional Writing