I am a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. I teach themed writing seminars for first-year students.
I am currently finishing my PhD in the English department at Northeastern University in Boston, concentrating in Writing & Rhetoric and pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. My academic interests are in citation, humanities data analysis methods, disciplinary rhetorics, and conceptual metaphor.
My dissertation argues that citation analysis can be a tactical means of bringing together work from disparate academic traditions, and also of resisting the potential of scholarly analytics to reproduce inequity. Like other rhetorical practices, writers’ citing practices shape what counts as “important” and how knowledge areas are organized, drawing boundaries within and between academic fields. I apply a bibliometric method called co-citation analysis, which plots networks of published scholarship based on what is cited together often in the same sources, to surface examples of network “bridges” between digital humanities and writing studies—these comprise work that, like my own, seeks to synthesize work from multiple disciplinary traditions. I critique the territorial metaphors for disciplinarity that structure these analytics by returning to early bibliometric work on co-citation that compares co-citation plots to geographers’ contoured maps of mountain terrain. With chapters including a close reading of this disciplinary rhetoric, an interactive code notebook that applies co-citation to my corpus of citation data, and evocative autoethnography of mixing texts and methods, this project meditates on disciplinary identity and the implications of borrowing across fields. Further, it models how humanists might use these techniques, as rhetorical practices themselves, to more effectively identify opportunities for bridge-building.
This transdisciplinary approach stems from my time working within and across multiple fields. I completed my bachelors degree in English and physics at SUNY Geneseo, where I bridged the humanities and sciences in the interdisciplinary seminars of the Edgar Fellows program. I became familiar with university structures and governance while serving on the program’s Advisory Committee and the college’s Commitee for General Education. It was also at Geneseo that I started teaching writing for the sciences, in physics department lab courses, and launched projects in musical acoustics and digital humanities (DH). These experiences have shaped my commitments to experimental and collaborative pedgaogy, as well as my humanistic approach to structuring, transforming, and presenting data, which I bring into the classroom. I’ve taught English courses, writing courses for the engineering and technical fields, and courses in data analysis for humanities professionals. Students in my classes grapple with the implications of borrowing and claiming methods, the rhetorical choices we make with data, and how analytic processes we most often use for pattern-seeking analysis and surveillance can be useful for remix, intervention, and resistance.
At Northeastern, I have worked as a Managing Editor of DH’s leading open-access, peer-reviewed journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), and I have been an affiliated researcher with the journal’s Biblio project. I have worked on a multi-generational writing program assessment project, calibrating scorers to use holistic and analytic rubrics to evaluate a corpus of student writing and mentoring an undergraduate student in data-driven research based on the results. I have worked as a Research Associate of the Digital Scholarship Group in Northeastern University Libraries, where I supported Northeastern faculty and students in their digital research and teaching. I am a Graduate Fellow Alumnus of Northeastern’s center for digital research in the humanities and social sciences, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. I have worked at the Writing Center, leading interdisciplinary writing groups of graduate students and individual consultations with students of all levels. I have worked on the Chair’s Administrative Team of the Advisory Council for Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) Initiatives in the College of Social Science and Humanities’ Office of the Dean, profiling work by and for BIPOC.
Beyond my campuses, I serve on the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. I have served as a 2016-2018 HASTAC scholar, and have co-taught a course on “Humanities Data Analysis and Visualization in R” with Ryan Cordell at the 2019 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).
When I’m not teaching, writing, or coding, I’m trying my best to get through graduate school with some yoga, some photography, and making Italian food and espresso. I’ve also taken up baking sourdough bread during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was born and raised in Queens in New York City, and I’ve been part of a few chamber and barbershop choruses in different parts of New York State.
You can visit my Twitter stream, linked below, for retweets of bad jokes and some reflections on the state of higher education, online rhetoric, and writing with neurodivergence. Please also feel free to visit my Github repository or send me an email.