Crucial to my research are concerns about the relationship between rhetoric and human rights. My recent doctoral dissertation (2014), Rhetoric in the Time of Torture, now a book project, analyzes the rhetoric of torture in contemporary U.S. contexts. The project contends with the fraught position of torture in civic discourse by charting a rhetorical history of torture from the Bush era up to the present, using several archives from the past decade: the Torture Memos, the Abu Ghraib photographs, and the Web sites of several humanitarian aid organizations.
I am presently at work on several pieces that extend the ideas of my dissertation project, including an article on digital delivery (“Activism, Actancy, and Delivery in Digital Human Rights Rhetoric”) and one theorizing the role of rhetoric in “making” the world following human-rights abuses and other crises.
My work has appeared in the online journal Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society; Re/Framing Identifications, edited by Michelle Ballif and published by Waveland Press; the DRC blog carnival on feminist materialisms; the inaugural issue of the Journal of Contemporary Poetics, published by International Islamic University, in Islamabad, Pakistan; and is currently pending for an upcoming edited collection on Just War Theory and terrorism. My work also appears in several textbook Instructor Manuals, including Arguing About Literature and Making Literature Matter (eds. John Schilb and John Clifford). I present regularly at national conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communications (CCCC) and Rhetoric Society of America's biennial conference (RSA). At the 2012 and 2015 CCCCs, I published session reviews in Kairos (2012 and 2015).