My research explores the rhetorical traffic between science, medicine, and public culture. I work equally in the rhetoric of science and the rhetoric of medicine, and my perspective is deeply inflected by the field of disability studies, which contributes social, ethical, and political implications to the questions I ask about the human body and mind. In addition to my position as a faculty member in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Communication Arts, I am the Director of the Disability Studies Initiative and a faculty affiliate of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and Department of Life Sciences Communication. I also am honored to serve as the member-at-large for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
News and travels: In early September, I’ll be participating in the University of Cincinnati’s symposium on medical rhetoric and health communication. In October, I’ll be heading to Notre Dame for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts annual conference. In addition to presenting a paper on Van Potter and postvital bioethics (Thursday, 2-3:30), I’ll be participating on a panel discussing N. Katherine Hayles’ new book How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (Saturday, 4-5:30). On February 22-24, I’ll be at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I will give the keynote address for the Network for Neuro-cultures Graduate Conference. My talk will explore the political genealogy of neuromodulation in the United States.