Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Year Started at JMU: 2012

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Ph.D., English/Rhetoric & Writing, Universtiy of Rhode Island, 2011

M.A., English/Rhetoric & Writing, University of Rhode Island, 2006

B.A., English Literature & Gender Studies, St. Joseph's University, 2002

Professional Focuses

Rhetoric of health and medicine, mental health rhetoric research, feminist rhetorics, writing as healing


Scholarly Articles

"Durable, portable research through partnerships with interdisciplinary advocacy groups, specific research topics, and larger data sets." Technical Communication Quarterly. (2019) Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10572252.2019.1588375

"A Dialogue on Possibilities for Embodied Methodologies in the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine." Rhetoric of Health & Medicine 1(3-4) (2018): 349-371. doi: 10.5744/rhm.2018.1017

"Writing Renewal Retreats: The Scholarly Writer, Contemplative Practice, and Scholarly Productivity." To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development 36.2 (2017): 137-55.

"Multimodal Composing as Healing: Toward a New Model for Writing as Healing Courses.” Composition Studies 44.2 (2016): 134-52.

“ ‘I Just Really Love My Spirit’: A Rhetorical Inquiry into Dissociative Identity Disorder.” Rhetoric Review 34.4 (2015): 462-78. Print.

““Recuperative Ethos and Agile Epistemologies: Toward a Vernacular Engagement with Mental Illness Ontologies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 45.2 (2015): 138–163.

“"Getting by or Getting in?: Grappling with Access and Affect in Qualitative Research Projects Involving Vulnerable Human Subjects.” Qualitative Inquiry, 21.5 (2015): 467-77. Print

“‘Curiosity Won’t Kill Your Cat’: A Meditation on Bathroom Graffiti as Underlife Public Writing.” Writing on the Edge 24.1 (2013). 17-24. Print.

“The Malcliché: An Argument for an Unlikely Episteme.” College English 73.2 (2010): 138.55. Print.

“Rhetorical Dexterity: A New Model for Teaching Writing.” Modern Language Studies 37.1 (2007): 54-67. Print. 


"Review of The Politics of Pain Medicine: A Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry, by S. Scott Graham." RSQ (forthcoming). 

“Threshold Concepts and Topoi: Reading the 2013 CCCC Conference as “Overproduction of Mass Desire”—both Material and Academic.” Kairos 18.1 (2013). Web. 


"An Interview with Dr. J. Fred Reynolds - Preview to his Essay 'A Short History of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (MHRR).'" Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (forthcoming). Web. 

Creative Writing

"Trying to Put Out a Fire." Bright Sleep Magazine (2017): n.p.

“Passing Out.” The Independent Scribe (2009): 21-4. Print.

“A Cataloguing of Materials Found in a Cold Case File.” Dash Literary Journal 2.1 (2009): 16-19. Print.

 “The Patron Saint of Broken Glass.” Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship 3.2 (2006): 142-57. Web.

“The Squatters.” The Julie Mango Journal for Creative Expression (2006): Print.

“A Full Recovery” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine. (2002). Print. 

“Irene” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine.  (2001). Print. 

“Smoke.” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine.  (2000). Print. 

“untitled poem.” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine (1999). Print.  

Under Review

"Corporeal Idioms of Distress: A Rhetorical Meditation on Psychogenic Conditions." Interrogating Gendered Pathologies, Edited by Erin Frost and Michelle Eble

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