Research Team

 

Current Research Team

 

Photo of Devon MoriartyDevon Moriarty

Ph.D. Student, English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Science program, University of Waterloo
B.A., Psychology, and M.A. Rhetoric and Communication Design, University of Waterloo

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Devon is investigating the political implications of the rhetoric of popular culture, and specifically how viral artifacts curated by social voting communities such as Reddit, can influence Canadian ideologies, and promote rhetorical citizenship via public deliberation and civic engagement. She is working to find ways to leverage virality in these established, democratically-oriented online communities to the benefit of a more inclusive democracy in Canada where citizens can participate meaningfully in political life by capitalizing on the affordances of virtual platforms.

Doctoral researcher for Networked Expertise: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

 

Tyler Black

B.A Candidate, English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo

Tyler is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, completing a Bachelor of Arts in English, majoring in Rhetoric, Media and Professional Communication, with specializations in Digital Media Studies and Technical Writing, along with a minor in Psychology. Tyler’s main points of interest revolve around the cognitive aspects of rhetoric, the use of rhetorical figures and strategies in digital environments, along with the communication habits that occur between trans-disciplinary individuals.

Beyond studying at the University, Tyler is a research assistant for Dr. Mehlenbacher, Dr. Randy Allen Harris, and Dr. Katherine Acheson on the Networked Expertise, RhetFig database, and Early Modern English Marginalia projects, respectively. Tyler is also working with the Games Institute VR Storytelling Lab in association with the Networked Expertise Project.

Undergraduate (co-op) researcher for Networked Expertise: Fall 2017

 

Shania Trepanier

B.KI. Candidate, Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo

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Shania is a fourth year Knowledge Integration student with a minor in Human Resource Management at the University of Waterloo. She serves as Co-Chair of the Knowledge Integration Student Society, Fall 2017 - Winter 2018. During the Fall 2017 term, Shania is also working as a research assistant for Dr. Mehlenbacher on her Network Expertise project.

Undergraduate researcher for Networked Expertise: Fall 2017

 

Kelsey Metz

Bachelor of Social Work Candidate, Renison University College

Kelsey is a student in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Renison University College. She completed her B.A. in Social Development Studies also at Renison University College, where she completed an undergraduate thesis on social policy and community organization. During the Fall 2017, Kelsey is working as a research assistant for Dr. Mehlenbacher on her Network Expertise project.

Undergraduate researcher for Networked Expertise: Fall 2017

 

Past Team Members

Jamie Bate, Bachelor of Arts in Knowledge Integration, Spring 2017

Jason Chen, Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management, Spring 2017

Shawn Corsetti, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Spring 2017

Sara Majid, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Spring 2017

Zainab Salman, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Spring 2017

Cailin Younger, Bachelor of Arts in Global Business and Digital Arts, Spring 2017