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 my research. While most of my previous research has focused on neuroscience, psychiatry, and mental disability, these days I’m working on a few projects exploring the relationship between bioethics, biopolitics, and biocitizenship.
In addition to my position as a faculty member in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Communication Arts, I am a member of the Disability Studies Initiative, a faculty affiliate in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and serve on the steering committee for the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. I also serve on the executive board of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts and the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
News and travels: I’ll be giving a couple of talks at Vanderbilt University in early October, one co-sponsored by the program in American Studies and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and the other hosted by the Social and Political Theory working group. In November, I’m heading to Houston for the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where I’ll be presenting new research on the Dark Mountain Project from my forthcoming co-edited collection, Biocitizenship: Lively Subjects, Embodied Action, and Posthuman Politics (NYU, 2016). I’ll also be speaking on a roundtable panel on Foucault and biopolitics. And to round out a busy fall, I’ll be at the National Communication Association in late November, talking about rhetorical approaches to biocitizenship and my book American Lobotomy.