I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and a lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. As a student and teacher of rhetoric, communication, technology, and culture, my interests range from emerging technologies and digital culture, to urban studies and city life, to sustainability and practices of the good life.
My dissertation research focuses on a rhetorical engagement with discourses concerning urban futures, particularly those that focus on building just, sustainable, resilient, and smart cities. I wager that the discourses on imagined urban futures offer a crucial site for negotiating our response to the intersecting global crises of 1) massive and intensive urbanization, 2) economic and social inequality, and 3) global climate change. I ask: How do imagined urban futures index contemporary political, economic, and cultural doxa or commonsense ways of thinking and speaking, and therefore how do these imagined futures both enable and constrain our work of building a better, more just world and living more sustainable lives? Using the theories and methods of rhetorical and cultural criticism, I work to surface and analyze the tensions and contradictions in our ways of thinking and speaking about these issues that hinder our work of building a better world. By better understanding our ways of thinking and speaking about problems, we are better prepared to respond to the problems themselves.
I am proud and honored to teach at UW Bothell where I am affiliated primarily with the First-Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP) for first-year and pre-major students. I also hold teaching appointments in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In FYPP, I teach courses in the first-year Discovery Core series on urban life, data worlds and quantified selves, and practices of the good life. I also teach composition courses, namely, Interdisciplinary Writing and Research Writing, using the themes of food, technology, and sustainability. Finally, I teach Technical Writing to major-level students in the School of STEM, primarily computer science and electrical engineering students.