My research broadly involves rhetoric, gender, and trauma. In particular, I am interested in investigating the ways in which the ways we talk about sexual assault and rape are contradictory and paradoxical, as well as how this interacts with how we think about gender and effective arguments. For example, how do the ways in which we talk about sexual assault prevention sometimes reinforce the same rape myths they are attempting to address? How do discourses about sexual assault conceptions about gender, and how does that function to either reinforce or disrupt gender essentialism? More broadly, what can the study of sexual assault prevention do to inform us about other issues and theories in communication?
You can find information about my ongoing projects, work accessible online, and a list of papers I’ve previously presented through these links or through the menu. Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or ideas.