Research Team

Students in lab working on the Networked Expertise Project

Graduate Researchers

Photo of Devon MoriartyDevon Moriarty

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

 

Paula de Villavicencio

Master Student, English Language and Literature (Rhetoric and Communication Design), University of Waterloo.
B.A., 
English Language and Literature (Rhetoric, Media and Professional Communication with a specialization in Digital Media Studies), University of Waterloo

Paula is investigating the role of wearable technology in a modern global context, specifically looking at how different brands advertise smart watches on a global scale to create identity and to shape the social and political economies of the region. Her research also examines the way in which the new medium affects communication patterns and the consumption and creation of information.

Masters researcher for Networked Expertise: Winter 2018

 

Undergraduate Researchers

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 has worked 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 research assistant for Networked Expertise: Fall 2017 (co-op term) - Winter 2018.

 

Monica Bustos

B.Sc. Candidate, Honours Health Studies, University of Waterloo

Monica is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, completing a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies. Her interests lie in studying human interactions in the context of social and behavioural psychology. Monica is also eager to learn more about rhetorical theory and Dr. Mehlenbacher’s work in expertise and expert networks in multidisciplinary teams.

Outside the lab, Monica is a Research Assistant with the Department of Psychology Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab, led by Dr. Hilary Bergsieker. She also works part-time as an Interviewer at the University’s Survey Research Centre. She hopes to pursue a career in public health and stay involved in research after graduation.

Undergraduate research assistant for Networked Expertise: Winter 2018.

 

Helen Cai

Photo of Helen Cai looking into the camera with steps behind her.B.Sc. Candidate, Honours Health Studies, University of Waterloo

Helen is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, competing a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a minor in Biology and specializations in Aging and Pre-Health Professions.

Having worked in a variety of research contexts, Helen is interested in how expertise is assessed across disciplines in different research teams. She is also intrigued by Dr. Mehlenbacher's work on citizen science and the creation of more inclusive spaces in the scientific research world.

Outside the lab, Helen is currently working on her undergraduate Honours Thesis project in the area of nutrition and aging, and works part-time as an Interviewer at the University’s Survey Research Center. After graduation, Helen is aspiring to pursue medical studies and continue being involved in research.

Undergraduate research assistant for Networked Expertise: Winter 2018.

 

Past Team Members

Kelsey Metz, Bachelor of Social Work (Renison University College), RA for Fall 2017 

Shania Trepanier, Bachelor of Arts in Knowledge Integration, RA for Fall 2017

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

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

Shawn Corsetti, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, RA for Spring 2017

Sara Majid, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, RA for Spring 2017

Zainab Salman, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, RA for Spring 2017

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

 

Prof. Mehlenbacher, students from her graduate qualitative methods course, and her Networked Expertise research team.