Current Projects

My work pursues the intersections of disability studies, technology, and the teaching and practice of writing. I’m interested in how social constructions of disability affect our use and identification with different technologies, and in turn inform our understanding of embodied rhetoric and the agency of the bodymind toward social action and justice. On this page, you can explore my current projects and works-in-progress.

  • Written in Light: Communication Access and the Competing Professional Methodologies of Disability Service Transcription

    For my dissertation project, I apply a mixed methods approach to study of the composition practices and habits of disability service speech-to-text providers. The study incorporates original research and findings from quantitative and qualitative analysis that explores how speech-to-text providers write and why they write the ways that they do. The project examines this by asking: (1) What are the composition habits and practices of speech-to-text providers?; (2) What methods and methodologies guide captioning/transcription work?; and (3) What support do speech-to-text providers receive for the work they do?

    Working with the Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-Text Providers (the first meaning-for-meaning speech-to-text provider association in North America) and the Ohio Court Reporters Association (the Ohio branch of the National Court Reporters Association), I work to survey the various methodologies and writing practices of over 100 professional disability service transcribers and CART (communication access real-time translation) writers across North America.

  • Disability Pedagogy Project

    This project describes a set of collaborative projects that I am currently working on that fit under the name “disability pedagogy.” This includes programming and curriculum development at Ohio State University in supporting the teaching of disability studies and disability studies-influenced pedagogies in writing across the curriculum, as well as national-level collaborative work in defining and exploring disability pedagogy as a concept and practice. Most recently, it has developed into the launch of the constellations pedagogy blog, an imprint of constellations cultural rhetoric journal.

  • Misfitting Interfaces: Toward a Digital Disability Ontology

    This developing study continues the work of disability studies, technical communication, and digital media studies scholars by taking up the call to investigate material artifacts of disability to better understand the role disability has played in American histories, societies, and cultures. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute, this study investigates The Safko Industry records and materials at the Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation as a way to better understand the historical constructions of Disability ontologies (or ways of being) in America, and how the artifacts that remain from periods in American Disability history contribute to narratives about disabled people, lives, and imagined futurities.