Welcome! I am an assistant professor specializing in rhetorical theory. I am also the President of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM), a General Editor at Genre Across Borders, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Genre Research at the University of Copenhagen.
I am the author of Science Communication Online: Engaging Experts and Publics on the Internet (The Ohio State University Press, 2019). An open access copy (CC BY-NC-ND license) is freely available here. I am also the co-editor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave, 2017).
My current research on expertise is funded through an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (2017-2022), and an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2018-2022). Broadly, 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.
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).