selected publications

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American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. Ed. with Melissa Littlefield. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.

Biocitizenship: Lively Subjects, Embodied Action, and Posthuman Politics. Ed. with Kelly Happe and Marina Levina. New York: NYU Press, forthcoming.


“Bioethics as a Way of Life: The Radical Bioethos of Van Rennselaer Potter.” Literature & Medicine, forthcoming.

“The Limits of Persuasion: Rhetoric and Resistance in the Last Battle of the Korean War.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 100.3 (2015): 1-25.

“Disability, Animals, and the Rhetorical Boundaries of Personhood.” jac 32.1-2 (2012): 372-382.

“Thinking with the Thalamus: Lobotomy and the Rhetoric of Emotional Impairment.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 5.2 (2011): 185-200.

“The Skeleton on the Couch: The Eagleton Affair, Rhetorical Disability, and the Stigma of Mental Illness.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40.5 (2010): 459-478.

“A Dark History: Memories of Lobotomy in the New Era of Psychosurgery.” Medicine Studies 1.4 (2009): 367-378.


“The Golden Voice of Neuroscience: Fact Finding in Popular Buddhist Magazines.” In Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations. New York: Routledge, in press.

“Symmetry.” With James J. Brown, Jr. In Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition, ed. Nathaniel Rivers and Paul Lynch. Southern Illinois University Press, in press.

“Theorizing the Neuroscientific Turn: Critical Perspectives on a Translational Discipline.” With Melissa Littlefield. The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain, ed. Melissa Littlefield and Jenell Johnson. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2012: 1-30.

“Lost and Found in Translation: Popular Neuroscience in the Neurodisciplines.” With Melissa Littlefield. Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences (Advances in Medical Sociology Vol. 11), ed. Martyn Pickersgill and Ira Van Keulen. London: Emerald Group Publishing, 2011: 279-297.

“’To Find the Soul, It is Necessary to Lose It’: Neuroscience, Disability, and the Epigraph to The Echo Maker.” Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers, ed. Stephen J. Burn and Peter Dempsey. Urbana, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008. 215-219.

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