Propen2022I’m an Associate Professor and the Director of the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I teach courses in rhetoric and technical and professional writing.

I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota. I also hold a master’s degree in Technical and Professional Writing from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

I have an industry background in technical and professional writing, as well as an interdisciplinary background in qualitative research methods. My industry writing has focused on end user documentation, release notes, content design, and instructional design. My recent academic work has focused on how environmental communication is perpetuated through various media, places, and bodies, and on the implications of environmental advocacy for vulnerable species. Underpinning both my industry and academic work is the idea that writing and communication can function in the service of advocacy and productive discourse.

My research interests include public understanding of science and technology, citizen science, technical communication, environmental communication, visual culture and design, new media studies, critical cartographies, and critical GIS.

My recent book, Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene, was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2018. My new book, At Home in the Anthropocene, is a follow-up to Visualizing and is forthcoming with The Ohio State UP in 2022. I can be reached here by email.