Hello, and welcome! I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. I'm interested in and publish in the areas of writing theory and pedagogy, material rhetorics, environmental rhetorics, methods and methodology, and rhetorics of location and place.
My most recent book project on ambient rhetorics of human and nonhuman meaning-making is out! Planting the Anthropocene is a rhetorical look into the world of industrial tree planting, engaging themes of nature, culture, and environmental change. Bringing together the work of material ecocriticism and critical affect studies in service of a new materialist environmental rhetoric, Planting the Anthropocene forwards a frame with which to work through complex scenes of anthropogenic labor. In the case of humans whose lives are intimately entangled with plant, animal, and thing-bodies, an ambient world of silvicultural life is one that creates landscapes, reconstructs anthropocenic interventions, and fashions paychecks. It not only changes human relations with other rhetorical beings, but it changes the way humans imagine time, motion, and emotion.
Using a new material environmental frame, my current research examines infrastructural entanglements of humans and nonhumans as material rhetorical arguments, focusing on the Species at Risk Act and mandated recovery strategies for listed species.
As I've read widely into the "material turn" that scholars in rhetoric and composition are embracing, my attention has not only turned to human-nonhuman entanglements, but also theories of affect, new materialism, and reconciliation. This is represented by recent and upcoming publications and presentations:
"Gifts, Ancestors, and Relations: Notes Toward an Indigenous New Materialism." Forthcoming in enculturation, 2019.