Welcome! I am an assistant professor specializing in rhetorical theory, an Ontario Early Researcher Award holder (2017-2022), and co-editor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave, 2017).
I am also a General Editor at Genre Across Borders, a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Genre Research at the University of Copenhagen, and the First Vice-President for the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM).
My research examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. My research is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science), expertise and ethos in scientific research, and expertise and expert networks
May 2018 — Invited talk for the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, Waterloo, ON, Canada
June 2018 — Panel talk at the Rhetoric Society of America biennial conference, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A
September 2018 — Invited talk at the Genres and Media Landscapes in Virtual-physical Learning Spaces conference at Jönköping, Småland, Sweden
I live in the Waterloo Region where my husband, Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher, and I enjoy “a house full of books, and a garden of flowers” (borrowing from Andrew Lang's 1884 Ballade of True Wisdom).