I’m a first year PhD student studying Information Science at Cornell University, where I’m advised by Matthew Wilkens and David Mimno. I’m interested in the computational modeling of rhetorical concepts and strategies—especially language practices rooted in the navigation of power dynamics and argumentation. My current work examines the rhetorical tactics used by Justices (and law clerks) in U.S. Supreme Court opinions. More broadly, my research regards digital humanities, computational social science, gender, and rhetoric.
Prior to returning to my graduate studies, I was an Instructor at Washington State University in the Department of English, the Digital Technology and Culture program, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. I also received my Master’s degree in Literature at WSU and my MA thesis investigated the strategic and rhetorical tactics of Supreme Court Justices; particularly considering how the first women on the Supreme Court used responsive rhetorical maneuvers to counter sexism and demonstrate capability. Before that, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska in English and Film Studies. At Nebraska, I got into the digital humanities with the Nebraska Literary Lab and the early George Eliot Archive.
I also co-authored, with Matthew Jockers, the recently published second edition of Text Analysis With R.
- PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University (started Fall 2020)
- Instructor in English, Digital Technology and Culture, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington State University
- Master of Arts in English Literature at Washington State University
- Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies at the University of Nebraska
I have a rekindled love for reading fiction after *not* formally studying literature anymore, so check out my Reading Log and recommend/talk to me about books!!!! I’m looking for more feminist science fiction narratives (and especially anything gothic and/or ecocritical).