PelicanI’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 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.

My research focuses on how environmental discourse is perpetuated through various media, places, and bodies, and on the implications of environmental advocacy for vulnerable species. Underpinning my scholarly work is the notion that rhetoric and communication can function in the service of advocacy.

My research interests include environmental and sustainability rhetorics, visual and material rhetorics, digital and posthuman rhetorics, rhetoric and advocacy, classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, new media studies, science communication, environmental studies, animal studies, cultural and feminist geographies, critical cartographies, and critical GIS.

My recent book, Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene, was published by The Ohio State UP 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 by email or by regular mail at:

UCSB Writing Program
South Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3010