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 the intersections between literacy and civic action, and I seek to understand how minority, female, working-class, and first-generation college students have 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, and I was the recipient of a 2001 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship and the 2004 Rhetoric Society of America Dissertation Award. I obtained my PhD in 2003 at the University of Texas at Austin.
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. (It is available through the press or Amazon.) I recently published an edited collection, Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak (Routledge, 2013: press | Amazon), with Catherine Hobbs, with whom I am also writing Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945 (Southern Illinois UP, 2014: press | Amazon). With Jessica Enoch, I will be coediting a special issue of College English on the digital humanities and historiography in rhetoric and composition in late 2013.