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. 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 as the member-at-large for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
News and travels: My new book American Lobotomy was just released by the University of Michigan Press! This June I’ll be co-leading a workshop at the Rhetoric Society of America’s Summer Institute. Check out the description here.