Education:

June 2012             Ohio State University
                               Ph.D., English (Rhetoric and Composition)
 

                               Dissertation:
                               “Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age”
 

June 2012             Ohio State University
                               Master’s in the Study of Law (M.S.L.)

 

June 2004             Ohio State University

                                M.A., English

 

Dec. 1998               University of Nebraska

                                B.A., Political Science

                                B.A., English

                                Graduated with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

Assistant Professor of English

Hamline University, 2011-present

 

  • Designed and taught classes in rhetoric, critical digital media studies, literary and cultural theory, and professional communication.

  • Responsible for student advising, departmental and university service, and maintaining research agenda.
     

Speechwriter/Communications Specialist
Office of the President, Ohio State University, 2007–2009

 

  •     Helped set and shape communications agenda for E. Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State University.  Coordinated messaging strategy with senior       administrative and PR staff to connect with Ohio State’s four core constituents: students, faculty, government officials (city, state, federal), and Ohio     taxpayers.

  •     Responsible for speeches, talking points, op-eds, and articles in multiple mediums (tv, radio, social-networking) and for live audiences ranging from     8 to 80,000.

  •     Developed three key message areas: (1) the economic impact of Ohio State on the state of Ohio; (2) the power and potential of humanities                     research; and (3) the importance of expanding educational access to under-represented students.

 

Author and Education Technology Consultant, McGraw-Hill, 2008-2011

 

  •      Created and piloted a textbook, software, and pedagogy (Commonplace) to teach rhetoric and composition via an inter-university, peer-review              network.  To date, adopted by over 350 classrooms, and 15,000 students, across four universities.  
     

Graduate Teaching Associate, Ohio State, 2002-2007
 

  • Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in rhetoric, composition, digital media, law, film, critical theory, college pedagogy, and popular culture.

 

Assistant Editor, Narrative: Journal of the Int. Society for Narrative Studies, 2004-2005
 

  • Responsible for reviewing, proofing, and copyediting journal submissions.  Also helped coordinate 2005 NEH Summer Seminar in Narrative Theory.
     

Project Director, Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, 1999-2001

Coordinator, Nebraskans for Peace Political Action Committee, 1998
 

  • Worked with Nebraska Legal Services, Neb. Bar Association, and non-profits to promote statewide partnerships in technology and poverty law advocacy.

  • Managed and marshalled PAC resources on behalf of gubernatorial candidate; served as member of political campaign staff; mobilized voters on tax issues.

 

Publications: Academic, Public, and Juried  

 

“I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of

Truthiness.”  In Julie Webber-Collins, Ed.  Comedy Confronts Neoliberalism.  Lexington University Press, 2018.  (Forthcoming.)

 

“How to Write a Poem that Costs You $175k Plus the Lady,” Missouri Review, Miller Audio

Prize for Humor (runner up), Summer 2018.     

 

““Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments for the

Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age.”  Dissertation.  Ohio State University, 2012.  (Released to the public by my University.  Actively cited.)

 

“The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach the Rest of

the Narrative Turn.” In Deborah Journet, Ed.  Narrative Acts:  Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge.  Hampton Press, 2011.
 

“Rhetoric.” In Peter Logan, Ed. Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

 

“New Media, New English.” In Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach, Eds. Reading and

Writing New Media. With Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.
                  Hampton Press, 2009.

 

Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (in an Age that Desperately Needs One).

With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.  McGraw-Hill, 2008. 

 

“Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?” PopMatters. 3 Nov. 2008.

 

“Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.” Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008.

 

“Re-Learning How to Argue.”  Audio essay.  In Cynthia L. Selfe, Ed. Multimodal

Composition: Resources for Teachers.  Hampton Press, 2007. 

 

“Made Actual Through Pain.”  Video essay. With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin.  In

Cynthia L. Selfe, Ed. Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  Hampton Press, 2007. 

 

“Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation, Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.” Journal

of American Culture 28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430.

 

Media Appearances and Performances

 

“Post Emmys Cameo, Spicer Says He Regrets Battles Over Trump’s Inauguration Size,”

interview, KARE 11 News, Saint Paul, MN, September 18, 2017.

 

“Breaking Down the Election Speeches,” live panel interview, KARE 11 News, Saint Paul, MN,

November 9, 2016.

 

“How do Those Political Speeches Come to Life,” interview, KARE 11 News, Saint Paul, MN,

July 27, 2016.

 

“What is Plagiarism?”, interview, KARE 11 News, Saint Paul, MN, July 20, 2016.

 

“Love Everlasting,” invited multimedia performance, with Michael Gallope, Jason McGrath,

Matt Sumera, and Travis Workman, Italian Film Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, February 2016. 

 

“dronesTruck: Operation Scarewaves,” grant-funded multimedia installation, Saint Paul,

MN.  October 2015.

 

“Endlessly Repeating Endlessly,” juried multimedia performance, with Michael Gallope, Josh

Gumiela, Jason McGrath, Matt Sumera, and Travis Workman,  Northern Lights arts festival, Minneapolis, MN, June 2015. 
 

“dronesTruck,” juried multimedia installation, with Josh Gumiela, Hamline-Midway Arts

Festival, St. Paul, MN, June 2015.
 

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

 

May 2017             Environmental Sustainability Grant (Hamline University)

 

April 2017           Center for Law and Justice Grant (Hamline University)

 

May 2015             Hanna Grant (Hamline University)

 

May 2014             Hanna and Humanities Grants (Hamline University)

 

May 2013             Hanna and Humanities Grants (Hamline University)
 

May 2006             Vera Carter Cooley Award (outstanding teaching of First Year Writing)
 

May 2003             Sheldon Sacks Award for Narrative Theory Research, Ohio State University
 

May 2001             Graduate Fellow, Department of English, Ohio State University

 

 

Conference Presentations, Invited Talks, and Competitive Workshops
 

Sound Studies, Workshop, Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, Bloomington, IN,

May 2017.

 

“Shouting Fire: Originalism and Antonin Scalia,” Jiggery-Pokery and Applesauce? The Impact

and Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia, Hamline University Center for Justice and Law, Saint Paul, MN, February 2016.

 

“#Objectivity: Unlikable Narrative Justice,” Beyond Ferguson: Critical Conversations, Hamline

University, Saint Paul, MN, January 2015.

 

“Campaign Narrative, The End: A New Story for the Narrative Model of Rhetorical Agency,”

Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, TX, May 2014.
 

“The New New Journalism: The Post-Postmodern Aesthetics of Narrative As Rhetoric,” The

International Society for the Study of Narrative, Boston, MA, March 2014.

 

Rogue Publics, Workshop, Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, Lawrence KS, June

2013.

 

“Audience 3.0: A New Rhetorical Ethics (and Aesthetics) for a Post-Remix Era,” Rhetoric

Society of America, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012.

 

“The Gentle Art of Accepting Enemies: New Media and the Rhetorical Aesthetics of Audience

Exclusion,” The International Society for the Study of Narrative, St. Louis, MO, April 2011.

 

“Playing Out Remix,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY,

March 2010.

 

“End the Gaffe (And How Narrative Theory Let’s Us Do It),” The International Society for

the Study of Narrative, Birmingham, UK, June 2009.

 

“2008: The Year We Re-Made Contact (or, Why Did Postmodernism End?)," Project

Narrative Presents: Prophets in Their Own Century, Columbus, OH, January 2009.
 

“I’m Not There Anymore: The Return of Identity in the Post-Remix Age,” Thomas R.

Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY, October 2008.

 

 “Ethos in a Remediated Age: Context, Character, and Community,” Rhetoric Society

of America, Seattle, WA, May 2008.

 

“Evaluating the ‘Narrative Turn’” Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Columbus,

OH, April 2007.

 

“Shouting ‘Fire’ in the Writing Classroom: Rhetoric, Law, and Composition,” Conference

on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 2007.

 

“‘Alive and well and living in Washington’: Narrativity, Casebook Logic, and Legal

Pedagogy,” The International Society for the Study of Narrative, Washington, D.C.,
March 2007.

 

“The Rhetoric of Narrative--or, maybe, ‘The Narrative of Narrative,’” Thomas R. Watson

Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY, October 2006.

 

“OurSpace: Resituating Civic Literacy in the University Curriculum,”

LiteracyStudies@OSU, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 30, 2007.

 

“The Rhetoric of ‘Rhetoric’ in Rhetoric and Political Science,” Rhetoric Society of America,
                  Memphis, TN, May 2006.

 

“New Media, New Curricula,” Conference on College Composition and Communication,

Chicago, IL, April 2006.

 

“The ‘Dean Scream’ Didn’t Happen (And How it Did),” American Popular Culture

Association, Atlanta, GA, April 2006.

 

“Narrative Temporality in News Stories,” The International Society for the Study of

Narrative, Ottawa, Canada, April 2006.

 

“Finding Authorization to ‘lance the boil’: Context, Content, and Free Speech Zones,”

Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Syracuse, NY, March 2006.

 

“’But…This is a Good Graph’: What a Political Science Classroom (and the Spanish-

American War) Can Tell us About Interdisciplinarity, Grad Students, and the

Rhetoric of Rhetoric (and Vice Versa),” EGO Spring Graduate Colloquium,

Columbus, OH, May 2005.

 

“Is It Something or Nothing?  Narratologically Situating the Music of John Zorn’s Naked

City,” Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Columbus, OH, April 2004.

 

Teaching Experience
* denotes courses taught to graduate students

 

  • Critical Theory: Cultural, Digital, Textual, and Rhetorical

    • Hamline University:

      • *Textual & Cultural Theory I (Sp 12; Sp 13, Sp 14)

      • *Textual and Cultural Theory II (Au 12, Sp 15, Au 16, Sp 16)

      • Critical Digital Media Theory (Au 12, Au 13, Au 14, Au 15, Au 16, Sp 16)

      • Senior Seminar in Post-Postmodernism (Au 13)
         

    • Ohio State University:

      • *Introduction to Critical Theory & Graduate Studies (TA/Lecturer Au 06)

      • Introduction to Film (Sp 10)

 

  • Rhetoric, Rhetorical History, and Composition:

    • Ohio State University:

      • Introduction To Rhetoric: Theory & History (Sp 07; TA/Lecturer Sp 06)

      • First Year Rhetoric and Composition

        • “American Political Rhetoric” (Au 03; Wi 04; Sp 04)

        • “Making the Band: The Rhetoric of Music” (Au 05)

        • “Politics as Literature, Literature as Rhetoric” (Au 04)

      • Advanced Rhetoric and Composition

        •  “The First Amendment” (WI 07)

        • “Rhetoric and Violence in the Era of New Media” (Wi 10, Honors)

        • “Rhetoric of Music” (WI 06, digital media section)

 

  • Hamline University:

    • First Year Reading and Writing

      • “New Rules of Rhetoric for the Digital Media Era” (Au 11, Sp 12, Sp 14)

      • “Technology, Politics, and Free Speech” (Au 15, Au 16)
         

  • Professional Communication, Writing, and Rhetoric:

    • Hamline University:

      • Intro to Professional Writing and Rhetoric:

        • “Words and Money: The Ethics of Professional Communication”

(Au 11, Wi 12, Wi 13, Su 13, Au 13)

  • “Privacy and Data Ethics” (Su 14, Wi 15, Wi17)

  • “Running a Campus Political Campaign” (Sp 14)

  • Practicum in Media, Ethics, and Public Advocacy (Sp 16)

  • Organizational Writing: (Sp 13)


 

University Service
 

Hamline University:
 

Midway Murals Arts Collaboration Committee, 2016-2017

Co-Organizer, English Majors Conference for the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities,

St Paul, MN, April 2017

Faculty Institutional Relations Committee, Junior Faculty Representative, 2013-2016

Job Search Committee, Assistant Professor of English, 2016

Job Search Committee, Visiting Professor of English, 2015

Dean’s Office Task Force on Interdisciplinarity, 2014-15

Job Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts, 2014

Committee to Develop “Professional Writing & Rhetoric” Minor and Concentration, 2012-15

Co-Organizer, English Majors Conference for the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities,

St Paul, MN, April 2013

Experiential Learning Working Group, 2012-2013

Juror, Summer Collaborative Research Grants, 2012

Job Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts, 2012
Co-Organizer, “Amassed Medias,” English Majors Conference for the Associated Colleges of
                    the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, April 2012

Faculty Advisor, Digital Media Club, 2012


Ohio State University:
 

President’s Council on Sustainability, 2008-2009
Graduate Studies Committee, Elected Representative, 2006-2008

Graduate Studies Sub-Committee on Curricular Revision to Theory & Methods Course, 2006

Rhetoric and Composition Studies Committee on Revision to Rhetoric Ph.D. Exam, 2007
Graduate Student Peer Mentor, 2007

References provided upon request.