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I’m a PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University studying digital humanities, text analysis, and feminist rhetoric. Prior to returning to my graduate studies, I was an instructor in the English department, Digital Technology and Culture program, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Washington State University. I received my Master’s degree in English Literature at WSU and my undergraduate in English and Film Studies at the University of Nebraska.

I co-authored, with Matthew Jockers, the recently published second edition of a textbook on text analysis with R and literature. Find Text Analysis With R here.

Research

My research centers broadly around interactions between gender and technology, digital humanities, and text analysis. So far, this has been using natural language processing and text analysis to study gendered language. I’m also curious in looking at notions of digital privacy, especially in the web scraping that often undergirds NLP research.

Multiple of my ongoing research projects investigate how text analysis unveils gendered communication habits, spanning from within political to literary documents. Most recently, I finished my MA thesis which investigated the strategic and rhetorical habits of Supreme Court Justices; particularly considering how the first female Justices used responsive rhetorical maneuvers to counter sexism and demonstrate capability.

I am also curious about how authors have engaged with themes of gender and technology in speculative and science fiction, as well the study of real-world movements countering sexism perpetrated by and through technology.


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