I'm an Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, writing, and language and literacy. I enjoy working with students at all levels, from first-year composition students writing their first college essays to PhD candidates writing their dissertations. I also serve as a program affiliate to the Joint PhD Program in English and Education and as faculty co-advisor for the UM Language and Rhetorical Studies Group.
My scholarly interests include the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and composition pedagogy. I am particularly interested in the voices of marginalized rhetors, and I seek to understand how minority, female, working-class, and first-generation college students have historically used their rhetorical education in public and professional spheres. My work has appeared in College English, College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, History of Education Quarterly, and other publications.
My first book, Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947 (Southern Illinois UP, 2008), received the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. With collaborator Catherine Hobbs, I recently published two works on women's rhetorical and educational history, Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945 (Southern Illinois UP, 2014) and the edited collection Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak (Routledge, 2013). With Jessica Enoch, I recently coedited a special issue of College English on the digital humanities and historiography in rhetoric and composition.
My current projects reflect my interest in women's rhetorical practices and include a reconsideration of the nineteenth-century elocution movement and an examination of the 1920s bobbed hair phenomenon.
Outside of academia, my interests include food, music, and the outdoors; I'm always happy to hear from students about good restaurants, bands, or hiking spots.