Exploring Digital Rhetoric

This space serves as a digital portfolio for the work that I have been engaged in as an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina and, before that, a doctoral student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University.

My interests range from the rhetoric of open source software development and digital media criticism to professional and technical communication, composition, and writing program administration. Most of my publications are freely accessible online.

Cover of Rhetorical Code Studies

My book, Rhetorical Code Studies: Discovering Arguments in and around Code, is now available from the University of Michigan Press in print and to read online. Rhetorical Code Studies is an exploration of software code as meaningful communication through which amateur and professional software developers construct arguments. It's intended for scholars of rhetoric, composition, digital humanities, and computer science to get a fuller understanding of the rhetorical dimensions of programming.

In addition to my primary areas of research, I've spent some time (less than I would like) exploring some of the possibilities of humanities-oriented physical and electrical computing with the Arduino microprocessor and the Processing IDE.

This semester (Spring 2023), I'm teaching:

  • ENGL 692: Teaching of Composition in College

On this site, you can examine the projects I've been working on recently.