selected publications


American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (Forthcoming 2014.)

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


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

“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. Reprinted in Neurorhetorics, ed. Jordynn Jack. London: Routledge (Forthcoming, 2012).

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

“Visions of Disability in a Technocratic Society.” Invited essay. DataCritica: International Journal of Critical Statistics 3.1 (2009): 43-45.


“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.


“Negotiating Autism in an Epidemic of Discourse.” DSQ 33.2 (2013).

Review of Patient Tales: Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry, by Carol Berkenkotter. Quarterly Journal of Speech 96.3 (2010): 342-345.

Review of Starring the Text: The Place of Rhetoric in Science Studies, by Alan G. Gross. Quarterly Journal of Speech 94.1 (2008): 126-129.