Friction against the dominant public forces the poetic-expressive character of counterpublic discourse to become salient to consciousness.
Warner, Publics and Counterpublics, 2002
Writing Studies scholars are interested in the way that language manifests culture, and vice versa. We study what writing looks like, how it gets done, and what it does in communities. We’re interested in the history and theory, production and circulation, material and digital, social and collaborative, textual and visual. We’re interested in the rhetorical effects of speaking and writing, as well as the transmission of material culture.
My research lies at the intersection of literacy and rhetorical studies. I'm interested in how writing is part of identity and community formation, how writing is used in creating social change, and the complex relationship between situation and discourse. My research methods training is broad, but most recently, ethnographic methods are what I've come to value, even for all the problems and limitations.