I'm an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where I teach courses in literacy, composition and technology. I received my PhD from the Composition & Rhetoric program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of English. My dissertation, From Literacy to Proceduracy: Computer Code Writing in Historical Context, argued that the historical and social perspective of New Literacy Studies can help us understand current contexts for computer programming. I'm currently revising my dissertation into a book.
My research frames computer programming as a kind of literacy. Like textual literacy, the literacy of code-writing (what I call proceduracy) relies on an inscription system that is shaped by technical and social constraints and affordances. I argue that we can understand more about the benefits of and obstacles to the diffusion of proceduracy by looking at the history and practices of textual literacy. My research also explores how intellectual property law, particularly software patent law, impacts computational composition.
My teaching style reflects my research interest in new media writing and online genres. I often use blogs to teach writing. Students also explore composition in images, text, video and sound in projects for my courses.
Before graduate school, I was a high school teacher, a secretary at a commercial game company, and an editor on scientific manuscripts and grants for a psychiatry / neuroscience lab that does sleep research. I continued that editing work in graduate school and have also worked with legal papers and dissertations on particle physics. I like reading about science and technology and I spent a lot of time online.
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