I am an English PhD candidate at Ohio State. I received a BA in English and a BS in psychology from the University of Florida in 2009. I continued my studies at Temple University, where I received an English MA in 2011. I locate my research and teaching interests broadly in the fields of rhetoric, composition, and literacy. Specifically, my work focuses on labor issues in writing classrooms, digital media composing, and the intersections between these topics.
My dissertation project examines how undergraduate students characterize material conditions that enable or constrain their composing labor, especially their digital composing labor. Such a project is a direct response to the 2014 Indianapolis Resolution, which calls upon composition studies organizations and its members to “Consider research into labor and its effects on teaching and learning with the same intellectual weight and scholarly respect as other subjects in our field.” In order to develop a better understanding of the relationship between material conditions and labor, this project synthesizes student perspectives about their labor with existing research on the work and labor of writing instructors and administrators.
I see my dissertation project as a step towards defining fair, responsible, and equitable working conditions for writing students more broadly. Moreover, I see my goal of defining better working conditions for undergraduate students as a way to clarify the challenges faced by composition instructors and administrators who have thus far endeavored to create better working conditions for themselves, but have not yet integrated student demands and insights into their activism.