What am I up to?

How is writing changing in the 21st century, now that we can update, edit, and revise writing quickly and at rapid scales? What strategies do online writers use to adjust their writing when they can textually interact with their audiences?  How can technical writers, including engineers, account for participatory audiences?


Research Interests

My research focuses on five areas:

  • Participatory audience theory and multidirectional communication
  • Interface and design theory
  • Participatory digital cultures, including reddit, Amazon reviewing, and online journalism
  • Professional and Technical Communication, including engineering writing and engineering research labs
  • Computational methods, including web-scraping, data structuring, and web development

Current Projects

Interested in working with me? I’m currently trying to build a research group, tentatively titled, “Designing Digital Discussions.” Current and future plans include:

  • (current) A study of reading practices between STEM graduate students and their advisors
  • (current) A study of data visualization processes of scientists on UIUC’s campus.
  • (current) Digital case study methodology
  • (current) A comparison between standard proposals and social justice oriented proposals for new emojis
  • (future) An ethnography of machine learning and “artificial intelligence” scientists

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign