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 May, I’ll be delivering two papers at the Rhetoric Society of America in San Antonio. The first (for the Association for Rhetoric, Science, and Technology pre-conference) is entitled “Bioethics as a Way of Life: Van Rennselaer Potter and the Global Bioethos,” and the second (for the main conference) is entitled “Speaking on Behalf of a Living Earth: James Lovelock and the Failure of Gaia Theory.” Both papers are taken from a chapter of my new book project on bioethics. In June, I’ll be in Minneapolis at the Society for Disability Studies conference, where I’ll be chairing a graduate student panel and enjoying one of my favorite cities in the world.