I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and part of the core faculty in the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah. My work as an active teacher and researcher is in the areas of rhetorical theory, digital media, and environmental communication. Generally, I try to draw on the insights of these fields to think about the material, aesthetic, and affective practices that configure the environments we create and inhabit.

Before becoming an academic, I worked for several years as a freelance writer. Though the arts remain central to my interests, my academic training across the humanities commits me to cross-disciplinary thinking with the belief that we should bring all available knowledge to the problems we're trying to understand.

Look for a couple of my new books:


  • Ph.D., 2015, Communication

       University of Colorado at Boulder


  • M.A., 2002, Humanities

       University of Chicago


  • B.A., 1999, English

       Amherst College


Rhetorical Theory
Digital Media
Environmental Communication
Affect Theory