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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, Print Journalism, University of Southern California, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Education, University of Southern California, 1990
  • Master of Arts with Distinction, English Composition and Rhetorical Theory, California State University, Fresno, 2006

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Special needs students and language arts education
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and written language
    • Technology and special needs writing students
  • Rhetoric of scientific and technical communication
    • Public policy discourses related to science and technology
    • Roles of science and technology in political campaigns and activism
  • Rhetoric of creative writing
    • Influences of philosophical schools of thought on creative writing
    • Stage and screen as social activism


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