My research explores the rhetorical complexities and confluences of visuality, history, religion, and identity. Generally, my research aims to (1) critically explore and respond to the many rhetorical invitations of gender and sexuality, past and present; (2) detail the international, interdisciplinary, and multimodal networks and nodes of rhetoric; and (3) enliven the pedagogical expressions of rhetoric.
Thus far, my research has featured in Advances in the History of Rhetoric (an exploration of the in situ rhetorics of the early Christian period), Rhetoric Review (a co-authored [with Michele Kennerly] essay on Aspasia’s history of reception in nineteenth-century European art), and Communication Teacher (a co-authored [with Michele Kennerly] essay on the pedagogical potential of Pinterest in public speaking classes). I have also published book reviews in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking (a review of Thomas Dunn’s Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Remembering the GLGBT Past) and Philosophy & Rhetoric (a review of Timothy Luckritz Marquis’ Transient Apostle: Paul, Travel, and the Rhetoric of Empire).
Currently, I am working toward the submission of several essay-length manuscripts, including an analysis of Compassion International’s digital and Christian rhetoric of child sponsorship; a theorization and application of an artistically attuned historiographic approach for feminist rhetoricians; a queer rhetorical criticism of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum; as well as a pedagogical essay on the civic power of ekphrasis (description) in public speaking classes.
I am also working toward the submission of a book proposal in support of my in-progress book project: Re/Viewing Christian Rhetoric: Mary Magdalene’s Archaeological, Apocryphal, and Artistic Afterlives. This feminist historiography of Mary Magdalene’s multimodal histories of reception will be a revision and expansion of my doctoral dissertation, and will trace Mary’s diversity of rhetorics across time, place, and medium.