PelicanI’m an Associate Professor and the Associate Director in 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 technical 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, 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 project, At Home in the Anthropocene, is a follow-up to Visualizing and is under advance contract with The Ohio State UP.

I am also an animal care volunteer with the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) and an affiliated, registered volunteer with the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN).

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