Greetings! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park. I enjoy researching and teaching about rhetoric, social change, argumentation, gender, and public address. Currently, I serve on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women's Studies in Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, and Timely Interventions.
- I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, I also received a doctoral certificate in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Mary Washington, a small public liberal arts university in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where I designed a major that combined coursework in Communication, English, Linguistics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women's Studies.
- Previously, I was a joint-appointed assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Competitive debate was a pivotal aspect of my education in high school, college, and graduate school. In 2005, I represented the United States on a debate tour of Japan and South Korea, sponsored by the National Communication Association's Committee on International Discussion and Debate and the Japan Debate Association.
- It is hard to pinpoint a hometown when you have moved around as much as I have, but I feel fortunate to call Whidbey Island, Washington my childhood home.
- In my free time, I enjoy traveling, finding tasty vegetarian food, watching films, and spending time with my family.