I received a B.A.in English Education and Theatre Arts and an M.A. in English, with a concentration in Language and Literacy, both from California State University, Chico, and a Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University.
I have a wide variety of research interests, including interdisciplinary approaches to writing and research, community engaged teaching and learning, community literacies, rural, food, farm, and environmental rhetorics, and the rhetorics of social movements. Recently, my schoalrship has investigated creative and dynamic ways to bring sustainability and critical food literacy into the Rhetoric and Composition classroom using hands-on community engagement and service-learning models. I explore how interaction between students and practitioners of food activism can not only pique students' curiosity and spark investigative research, but also increase their critical awareness of the rhetorical contexts and persuasive means operating in this, or any, prominent social debate.
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Understanding the Evolution of Learning Community Concepts: A Historical Perspective.” Building Community: Stories and Strategies for Future Learning Community Faculty and Professionals. Ed. Terra Peckskamp and Carrie McLaughlin. Syracuse, NY: The Graduate School Press, 2010.
“Confronting the Past: Feminist Cultural Counter-memory and Anti-hegemonic Memorializing at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.” We Are What We Remember: The American Past Through Commemoration. Eds. Laura M. D'Amore and Jeffrey Meriwether. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, expected publication Fall 2012.