My research program is primarily concerned with rhetoric surrounding homelessness and poverty in the United States. I write about both how homeless is represented in pop culture and how it appears in public policy conversations. To conduct this research, I supplement traditional rhetorical analysis with qualitative methods like interviews and focus groups.
I welcome opportunities for research collaboration related to rhetoric, homelessness and/or housing policy.
"'Not in My Back Yard': Democratic Rhetorics in Spatial Gatekeeping." (2022). Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 140-157.
"The Public Screen as Contextual Field: Visibility and Agency in U.S. Films About Homelessness." (2022). Quarterly Journal of Speech Vol. 108, no. 1. Co-authored with Melanie Loehwing.
"A Mystery Approach to Criticism." (2021). Communication Teacher Vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 109-113.
"Moving Beyond Validity in Rhetorical Studies." (2020). Annals of the International Communication Association Vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 201-209. Co-authored with Emily Sauter and Daniel Cronn-Mills.
"Reconsidering Symbolic Use: A Situational Model of the Use of Research Evidence in Polarised Legislative Hearings." (2019). Evidence & Policy Vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 525-541. Co-authored with Robert Asen.
"'Expensive' People: Consumer Citizenship and the Construction of Neoliberal Publics." (2018). Communication and the Public Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 190-204.
"When Homelessness Becomes a 'Luxury': Neutrality as an Obstacle to Counterpublic Rights Claims." (2017). Quarterly Journal of Speech Vol. 103, no. 3, pp. 230-250.
“Tokenism and Cultural (Mis)Recognition in ‘The Man with the Golden Voice.’” (2017). Howard Journal of Communications Vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 217-233.
How advocacy messages move through (and/or are obstructed in) public policymaking processes.
How local communities negotiate policy controversy via public deliberation.
Research use in advocacy and policymaking.
Popular media representations of homelessness and poverty.
The intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, etc., in representations of homelessness.
Public sphere theory, deliberative theory, social movements + activist rhetoric, and more.