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About Me

I hold a BA in Latin and English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I also hold a MA in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy and PhD in Rhetoric & Writing from Michigan State University. I am currently an assistant professor of rhetoric & writing in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. I teach courses in environmental communication, information design, user-experience design, and nonprofit writing.

Previously, I was a founding member and senior researcher with Detroit Integrated Vision for Environmental Research through Science and Engagement (D•VERSE) and an affiliated senior research with Michigan State University’s Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) center. Additionally, I served as an executive board member for the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, which works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents in alignment with the Principles of Environmental Justice. My research centers on the dynamics of environmental public policy deliberation, environmental justice, and environmental community-based participatory research.

My research has been previously funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors. I am currently working on a monograph entitled, Evasive Species: Rhetoric, Communities, Invasion Ecology which focuses on invasive species and environmental public policy deliberation. 

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