Welcome! I am an assistant professor specializing in rhetorical theory. Currently I hold 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 (2018-2022).
My book, Science Communication Online: Engaging Experts and Publics on the Internet, is forthcoming in Spring 2019 from The Ohio State University Press.
I am also co-editor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave, 2017), 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.
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).
Upcoming talks and events:
September 2018 — Invited talk at the Genres and Media Landscapes in Virtual-physical Learning Spaces conference at Jönköping, Småland, Sweden
October 2018 — Panelist for the UWaterloo Centre for Career Action's Academic Career Conference "Faculty Perspectives on the Hiring Process (Social/Health Sciences & Humanities)" session; open to UWaterloo PhD students and postdoctoral fellows
November 2018 — Conference paper at the National Communication Association 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. (Top Papers Panel)
June 2019 — Leading a workshop (with James Wynn, Carnegie Mellon University) entitled "Citizen Science and Emerging Rhetorics of Science" at the Rhetoric Society of America's Biennial Summer Institute