Profile of a Researcher

Overview of Research Agenda

I am a rhetoric and writing researcher who uses qualitative methods to understand how internet-based cultural communities share knowledge about their sexual health. I work from a disciplinary throughline between technical communication, health and medical rhetorics, and digital rhetorics, with focuses in health communication, Latinx/Indigenous studies, and settler colonial studies. My research interfaces the confluences of neoliberal medical policy related to HIV/AIDS, white supremacist and ableist public health practices, and cisheteronormative biomedical models. The critical edge of my work is tempered by my deep commitment to the lifeways, knowledges, and problems of queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). I attend to issues of medical racism, sexual health justice, and inequitable clinical experiences.

In my projects, I work to interrupt settler colonialism and push against its marginalizing forces (i.e., the holdovers of European colonization in North America and the concomitant strains of white supremacist cisheteropatriarchy). I orient my work toward interrupting settler colonialism because it innervates white supremacy through anti-Blackness, Indigenous subjugation and erasure, and institutionalized ableism (which functions on the former two), all animating many of the contextually disparate, wicked problems that leak into the domains of my work. I wrangle settler colonialism as a rhetorical problem in my projects, surfacing the confluences of biopower that lend to the staying power of marginalization regarding queer and trans BIPOC. I work to disrupt abuses within biomedicine and public health (as the scientific and social faces of care, respectively) through my research projects and community engagement as a health organizer.

As a community-engaged scholar whose training in technical and professional communication and health and medical rhetorics begins in community settings, I am attuned to the social justice turns of the sister fields. As an organizer and activist who has worked some time for and with Latinx, Indigenous, and queer/trans communities in Lansing, MI, my experiences in these settings activate and steer my overall research agenda. Having worked with partners, such as The Salus Center (Lansing’s first and only queer resource center), Casa de Rosado (a Latinx arts and community space), the Ingham County Health Department, and the Michigan Public Health Institute, I have learned a central, energizing maxim: community knows best for itself. I therefore follow the protocol of an insurgent researcher—via Indigenous methodologies—to leverage findings from my research projects to advance knowledge about health and wellness born in queer and trans communities of color within healthcare and public health settings. And so, my community engagement and my research are deeply entangled.

Current Projects

Below, you will find details, abstracts, and references for some my main manuscript projects. If something strikes your fancy and you'd like to talk more, please reach out. I'm always happy to talk!

Dissertation

“OK Sexual Health Twitter”: Toward a Community Framework of Sexual Health Literacy


In my dissertation, “OK Sexual Health Twitter”: Toward a Community Framework of Sexual Health Literacy, I created a qualitative study (informed by Indigenous and decolonial methodologies) of how queer and trans people of color generate and share knowledge about their sexual health on Twitter with regards to HIV/AIDS. After creating a self-populating Twitter archive in fall 2018 that gathered tweets using the keywords “Truvada,” PrEP,” and “HIV,” I accrued 15,000 discrete tweets as of June 2020 (though the archive now nears 30,000). Using thematic detection software, I then created and conducted a two-round coding schema on the archive, deriving datasets comprising general utterances from queer users of color, public health officials using social media for outreach, and organizations using the social media platform to share research findings. Focusing on the data subset comprising 300 discrete users of color and relevant media (i.e., news articles, public health advertisements, other emergent artifacts from the data), I created three case studies focusing on: the rollout of HIV prevention advertisements within queer-centered media; the patent breaking of Truvada, a once-daily medication for preventing HIV; and the use of social media to take to task bad actors and misinformed healthcare providers.


Using a theoretical argument derived from Black and Native technology studies (as well as Black Feminist Thought, Anishinaabe cosmology, Settler Colonial Studies, and digital rhetorical theory), I then reviewed the data through a protocol I term taking material inventory, or accounting for the spatio-temporal-material elements of identity construction amid technology use. My results revealed three rhetorical strategies: 1) continuing community-born public health practices created during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s by deploying descriptive hashtags to challenge stigma; 2) creating emergent whisper networks for sharing information about dealing with healthcare providers, navigating insurance networks, and communicating the symptoms of taking the medication; and 3) recognizing and countering the complex systems of late capitalist biomedicalization that prioritize profit over life.

Although scholars in technical, health, and risk communication and literacy studies have examined health literacies on different platforms (i.e., public fora and medical websites), few have approached this work with a non-deficit focus on social media settings with attention to queer and trans BIPOC, who typically have their knowledges discounted by providers and public health officials because of white supremacy and cisheteronormativity, which forecloses self- and community-born knowledges about sexual health through the top-down, epistemic hubris model of public health and biomedicine. As a corrective and to contribute to the fields’ ongoing commitments to create equitable healthcare experiences, I developed an HIV/AIDS health literacy framework that allows for outreach in non-clinical settings through what I term relational design, or a participatory communication design process that incorporates community voices via an attunement to social media such as Twitter. My dissertation thus contributes to ongoing incursions within technical and professional communication, as well as the rhetoric of health and medicine, to practice our disciplinary savvy to efforts and build better public health and clinical experiences. Below is a breakdown of the chapters comprising my dissertation.


Chapter 1: Storying a Virulent Project: Three Threads for Narrative Ignition. In this chapter, I recount three stories that resonate with how digital rhetorical theory, health and medical rhetorics, and technical and professional communication respectively manifested in my experiences with HIV/AIDS-focused public health outreach as a queer Chicano. These stories model the approaches I took to disciplinarily constellating and organizing the dissertation.

Chapter 2: Queer Refusal: Insurgent Paradigms and Methodologizing Amid Settler Colonialism. This chapter outlines an insurgent methodology of refusal, wherein I detail the limitations of Western science and meaning making to advance an Indigenous protocol for thinking relationally about community-born data. I review the protocol for gathering data and organizing them into subsets, as well as the coding schema, to provide an overview of the 300 datapoints used for case studies in Chapter 5.

Chapter 3: The Intersectional Internet as Land: Theorizing Digital Rhetorical Socio-Materiality via Black and Indigenous Studies. This chapter outlines a theoretical intervention in current digital rhetorical theories of identity and technology. In it, I advance a cyborgian method of attuning research projects to the human users of technology and the technological user of the human via Black and Native studies, using this theoretical model to outline my coding protocol regarding the gathered data.

Chapter 4: Unsettling Epistemic Hubris: Rupturing Risk-Informed Health Literacy, Reframing Risky Living. In this chapter, I locate the settler colonial machinations of current public health and biomedical models to prime an epistemic rupturing of risk-informed health literacy. In so doing, I use this approach to outline an interpretive stance for the case studies in the following chapter.

Chapter 5: Blood Cells, Drag Queens, and Digital Faggotry: Three Case Studies (Or Toward a Community-Based Framework of Health Literacy). In this chapter, I review the three case studies I derived from the data analysis, using each to outline key components that together comprise a community-based framework of health literacy. In advancing this model, I argue that this framework serves as a viable tool for understanding how public health officials might more equitably attune outreach to queer and trans communities of color.

Chapter 6: Conclusion: Relational Design and Public Health: Hotwiring Technical and Professional Communication in the Third University. To conclude, I outline a method of hotwiring technical and professional communication practices (namely, user-centered design, communication design, and participatory design) to create equitable experiences for queer and trans people of color. I revise a public health campaign conducted by Gilead in 2019 to correspond to data analysis results, arguing that technical and professional communicators are primed to do this work in healthcare and public health settings.

Book Project

Blood Cells and Drag Queens: Storying Virulent Sexual Health


Following up the primary takeaways from my dissertation data analysis, I am drafting a proposal for a book project, comprising six chapters, tentatively titled Blood Cells and Drag Queens: Storying Virulent Sexual Health, that expands on the case studies of my dissertation. With this monograph, I do the double work of informing queer and trans BIPOC on how social media can be a health literacy tool while nudging public health officials toward respectful approaches for honoring community health practices. I plan to submit this proposal this January to New York University Press’ “Queer / Trans / Digital” series.


For the introduction, I recount both popular practices of sexual health advocacy and outreach during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis leading to the advent of pre-exposure prophylaxis. The following chapter discusses the mediation of such practices through digital technology use, and I focus on Twitter as a rhetorically versatile sites wherein new understandings of health literacy might be best understood given the site’s communicative capacity for a visual, textual, and audio confluence along the lines of queer of color sensibilities. The subsequent chapter recounts how health literacy might be understood in these ways by reviewing how users of color have used the site, different communication modes and popular media to build emergent networks of care as users post and ask questions about their sexual health. The next chapter details why users often take to social media to create these networks as they contend with the material realities of increasingly neoliberal medical and healthcare policies, which adversely affect marginalized communities and especially, as I argue, queer and trans BIPOC, whose identities become wound up in a capitalist regime of care. The penultimate chapter offers a guide for users of color on how to disrupt epistemic hubris in healthcare and clinical settings, highlighting rhetorical strategies for leveraging their experiences in both online and offline settings to combat medical racism. The final chapter does similar work but for public health officials and healthcare providers, advancing a reformed health literacy framework to build better healthcare and public health experiences for queer and trans people of color.

Journal Article Draft: Communication Design Quarterly

Emplacing Infrastructure: Toward a Material Inventory of Tech Colonialism

In her keynote for EPIC2019, Sareeta Amrute (2020) advances a critical truism of the globalized, technological, and infrastructural regime endemic to so-called modern life: “In the realm of science and technology, risks are generally borne by colonial subjects while metropolitan elites assume the role of developers and innovators of new technologies.” This colonial innovation operationalizes much of what Amrute (2020) terms tech colonialism, which functions on an array of extractive colonization, racial hierarchy, and paternal exploitation. These technological facets persist today in often unseen, mundane settings—cables buried underfoot deep in stolen land and cooled with stolen waters (Edwards, 2020), white settlers benefitting from colonial holdovers (Benjamin, 2019), and waste shipped to a foreign somewhere away from the metropole (Hogan, 2018). Technology users are seldom privy to the colonial histories endemic to their devices and their uses (Ramos, 2014). The internet, too, as techno-sociological infrastructure (Harvey & Luka, 2019), machinates through the march of tech colonialism, especially within the context of empire on the North American continent (Hu, 2017). With a formative starting point in the militarism of the modern United States (Chun, 2011), many scholars of race, infrastructure, and technology have noted how the internet’s developmental horizon is propelled by settler colonial futurity (Todd, 1996; Hu, 2015; Noble, 2016; Benjamin, 2019; Brown, 2019; Brock, 2020). Colonialism technologizes itself to persist.

This article intervenes in this critical march, interrupting tech colonialism via a theoretical intervention into current understandings of the internet's social and material infrastructure. Specifically, the article I am drafting comprises a theoretical argument for revising the internet's popularized and metaphorized definitional schemas (Frith, 2020) within Indigenous cosmologies and Black epistemologies. In so doing, I forward the concept of the internet as land, which forces a consideration of settler colonialism as the socio-material force underpinning design and writing. As a corrective grounded in digital material rhetorics (Hass, 2018; Edwards, 2020), I offer emplacing as a method for collapsing the divide between social and material infrastructure. In this revised material formula, the beingness of infrastructure is at once re-landed and agentially reinvigorated via an attention to the relational agency of the non-human things that make up the internet’s socio-material infrastructure (Duarte, 2017). I outline—via a case study of Arctic fiber optic cables made possible via melting ice—a decolonial attunement to “animals (including nonhumans), technologies, and landbases” (Haas, 2018, p. 421). Ultimately, I argue that emplacing functions as a theoretical tool for assessing the material inventory of internet use for design and writing, beginning at the environmental toll—the digital damage (Edwards, 2020)—and ending at the adventive possibilities of relational thinking amid disaster (Haas, 2018).

Readers will learn how to use emplacing as a theory of 1) ascertaining the colonial holdovers of settler colonialism as they relate to and manifest within design and writing tools and practices and 2) using these motives to account for the non-human relatives comprising the internet and to work toward a decolonized tech horizon. Moreover, readers will learn how to tune into ongoing activism related to Black and Indigenous technological use and to attune their work to new, just futurities.


References

Amrute, S. (2020, February 25). Tech colonialism today. Points, Data & Society. https://points.datasociety.net/tech-colonialism-today-9633a9cb00ad

Brock, A. (2020). Black technoculture and/as afrofuturism. Extrapolation, 6(1–2), (pp. 7–28).

Brown, N. M. (2019). Methodological Cyborg as Black Feminist Technology: Constructing the Social Self Using Computational Digital Autoethnography and Social Media. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 19(1), 55–67.

Chun, W.H.K. (2013). Programmed Visions: Software and Memory. The MIT Press.

Duarte, M. (2017). Network sovereignty: Building the internet across Indian Country. University of Washington Press

Edwards, D. W. (2020). Digital rhetoric on a damaged planet: Storying digital damage as inventive response to the Anthropocene. Rhetoric Review, 39(1), 59–72.

Frith, J. (2020). Pushing back on the rhetoric of “real” life. Present Tense, 8(2). https://www.presenttensejournal.org/volume-8/pushing-back-on-the-rhetoric-of-real-life/

Haas, A.M. (2018). Toward a digital cultural rhetoric. In J. Alexander & J. Rhodes (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of digital writing and rhetoric (pp. 412–422). Routledge.

Harvey, A., & Luka, M. E. (2019). Space, place, and the materiality of Internet Studies: An introduction to the #AoIR18 special issue. Information Communication and Society, 22(6), 767–773.

Hogan, M. (2018). Data is airborne; data is inborn: The labor of the body in technoecologies. First Monday, 23(3). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v23i3.8285

Hu, T.-H. (2015). A prehistory of the cloud. The MIT Press.

—. (2017). Black Boxes and Green Lights: Media, Infrastructure, and the Future at Any Cost. English Language Notes, 55(1–2), 81–88.

Mckenzie, M., & Tuck, E. (2015). Place in Research: Theory, Methodology, and Methods. Routledge.

Noble, S.U. (2016). A future for intersectional Black Feminist Technology Studies. Scholar & Feminist Online, 13(3), https://sfonline.barnard.edu/traversing-technologies/safiya-umoja-noble-a-future-for-intersectional-black-feminist-technology-studies/0/?print=true#identifier_7_2621

Ramos, S. (2014). Digital is dead: Techno-seduction at the colonial difference, from Zapatismo to Occupy Wall Street. In D. Hicky & J. Essid (Eds.), Identity and leadership in virtual communities: Establishing credibility and influence (pp. 220–236). IGI Publishing.

Journal Article Draft: Rhetoric of Health & Medicine

Un-Settling Epistemic Hubris: Colonial Constructions of Health in the Flexner and Lalonde Reports


Background & Context


Throughout the 20th century in North America, biomedicine and public health, respectively, reconciled developmental shakiness to essentially form the extant models of today. In 1910, Abraham Flexner, an education specialist and reformer, released Medical Education in the United States and Canada: A Report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (hereafter the Flexner Report). This document served as the establishment of medical education in North America to work primarily via the construction of a physician’s ethos, functioning via scientific theory and an unwavering commitment to science (i.e., discovery and innovation) (Duffy, 2011).


Later, in 1974, then Canadian Minister of National Health and Welfare Marc Lalonde published A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians (hereafter the Lalonde Report). Although the Lalonde Report received a cool reception in Canada, it quickly set the stage for shaping public health outreach for decades to come in the United States (Hancock, 1986; Braveman & Gottlieb, 2014). Lalonde, in his nearly 80-page report, pivoted popular notions of health away from solely medico-scientific touchstones to include the social lives of patients. More importantly, the Lalonde Report laid out the conceptual framework on which the notion of at-risk populations operates (via the social determinants of health), fundamentally shaping public health as the social face of medicine (Frohlich and Potvin, 2008).


Though these documents were groundbreaking in their respective periods, both rhetorically construct models of precarity that are found at the core of how Western scientific theory functions (Krieger, 2011). Moreover, the history of colonization on the North American continent and its role in creating the contemporary medical landscape, including current-day public health and biomedicine, have much to do with both reports (Greene et al., 2013; Bailey & Peoples, 2017; Sylvestre, 2019). More specifically, the top-down structure of public health and biomedicine—which casts the physician and epidemiologist at the top of the hierarchy and the patient at the bottom—functions via epistemic hubris (Valles, 2018; Teston et al., 2019), which delegitimizes too often self and community knowledge—especially for marginalized communities (Hoberman, 2012; Bailey & Peoples, 2017).


These documents also have rhetorically constructed health and consequently healthiness along biological, social, and racial lines that together mold an almost impossible placeholder in which only the white, male, abled, cisgender, heterosexual male can reasonably fit (Bailey & Peoples, 2017; Clare, 2017; Schalk, 2018). Together, the Lalonde and Flexner Reports offer much in excavating the rhetorical nature of North America’s public health and biomedical models as they are constructed with(in) settler colonialism as an innervating structure. Put another way, the cultural production of medicine founds itself at the nexus of multiple oppressions that follow along the commodification of health and its consequent tendrils in the well-being for many marginalized communities, and these documents map out the historical construction of settler colonial biopolitics (Morgensen, 2011).

Journal Article Description

The journal article I am drafting, which I also have submitted to the 2021 RHM Symposium, focuses on the theme of redressing social injustice via reinvention. In this case, my journal article attends to settler colonialism as the innervating force of the many wicked problems against which rhetoricians of medicine might direct their attention, pivoting away from theories of biopower and Western biopolitics. In this decentering of Europe and pivoting away from continental philosophies of health and medicine, I nudge the field to attend to the material reality of white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy as the structure of modern-day medicine, foregrounding white settler culpability as a generative space of interrogation for the field. Moreover, my article offers practical strategies that rhetoricians of health and medicine might adopt within healthcare settings, strategizing rhetorical interventions that disrupt epistemic hubris while prioritizing individual and community and knowledges.


In this article, I first historicize the publication of both reports with the contemporaneous (and ongoing) colonial settlement within both the United States and Canada, contextualizing the nature of evolution and innovation regarding both biomedicine and public health. After, I provide a rhetorical analysis of both reports using an ideographic analysis that focuses on the contextually specific occurrences of colonial perpetuation. Through this analysis, I trace lingering issues of medical antagonism to the actual colonial histories of both settler empires, outlining the temporal plasticity of both medical racism and cisheteropatriarchy, which intersect to affect multiply marginalized communities. To conclude, I outline an anti-racist model of unsettling epistemic hubris, which rhetoricians of health and medicine might adopt within ongoing community engagement projects. Focusing on my ongoing work in community health settings, I provide an example of how unsettling epistemic hubris might reasonably—and more importantly, practically—function when working with public health officials and/or physicians.


References


Bailey, M., & Peoples, W. (2017). Towards a Black feminist health science studies. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 3(2), 1–27.

Braveman, P., & Gottlieb, L. (2014). The social determinants of health: It’s time to consider the causes of the causes. Public Health Reports, 129(2), 19–31.

Claire, E. (2017). Brilliant imperfection: Grappling with cure. Duke University Press.

Clarke, A. E., Mamo, L., Fishman, J. R., Shim, J. K., & Fosket, J. R. (2003). Biomedicalization: Technoscientific transformations of health, illness, and U.S. biomedicine. American Sociological Review, 68(2), 161–194.

Duffy, T. P. (2011). The Flexner Report — 100 Years Later. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 84, 269–276.

Frohlich, K. L., & Potvin, L. (2008). Transcending the known in public health practice: The inequality paradox: The population approach and vulnerable populations. American Journal of Public Health, 98(2), 216–221.

Glouberman, S., & Millar, J. (2003). Evolution of the determinants of health, health policy, and health information systems in Canada. American Journal of Public Health, 93(3), 388–392.

Greene, J., Basilico, M. T., Kim, H., & Farmer, P. (2013). Colonial medicine and its legacies. In P. Farmer, J. Y. Kim, A. Kleinman, & M. Basilico (Eds.), Reimagining global health: An introduction (pp. 33–73). University of California Press.

Hancock, T. (1986). Lalonde and beyond: Looking back at “A new perspective on the health of Canadians.” Health Promotion International, 1(1), 93–100.

Hoberman, J. (2012). Black and blue: The origins and consequences of medical racism. University of California Press.


Krieger, N. (2011). Epidemiology and the people’s health: Theory and context. Oxford University Press.

Mikdashi, M. (2013). What Is settler colonialism? American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 2(37), 23–34.

Morgensen, S. L. (2011). The biopolitics of settler colonialism: Right here, right now. Settler Colonial Studies, 1(1), 52–76.


Schalk, S. (2018). Bodyminds reimagined: (Dis)ability, race, and gender in Black women’s speculative fiction. Duke University Press.

Sylvestre, P., Castleden, H., Denis, J., Martin, D., & Bombay, A. (2019). The tools at their fingertips: How settler colonial geographies shape medical educators’ strategies for grappling with anti-Indigenous racism. Social Science and Medicine, 237, 1–9.

Teston, C., Gonzales, L., Bivens, K., & Whitney, K. (2019). Surveying precarious publics. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, 2(3), 321–351.

Valles, S. A. (2018). Philosophy of population health: Philosophy for a new public health era. Routledge.

Journal Article Draft: Technical Communication Quarterly

Toward Relational Design: Rethinking HIV Outreach for Queer Users of Color (Experience Report)

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily medication regimen that users undertake to prevent a new infection of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since its introduction to queer sexual health, along with Truvada, the primary medication in the regimen, queer Black, Indigenous, and men of color (QBIMOC) have seen a particular focus on their sexual health in relation to public health’s hyperfocus on risky populations (Teston et al., 2019). Specifically, user outreach has shifted toward the visual rhetorical work of spotlighting particular populations more susceptible to new HIV infections as determined by the social determinants of health (Belluz, 2014; Scott, 2016; Shahani, 2016; Spieldenner, 2016). At the core of this engagement are outdated if somewhat offensive approaches to assessing sexual health practices.

Specifically, following recommendations from the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification, many medical coding systems, including counties within New York and Los Angeles, do not designate specific billing codes for PrEP, instead defaulting to categories such as “high-risk homosexual/bisexual behavior.” QBIMOC are understandably fed up with this approach (Guta et al., 2011). This approach delimits a larger trend withing public health, particularly with outreach, that prioritizes these narratives of risk that too often showcase QBIMOC as either always at risk of a new infection or as already seroconverted and who serve to augur new infections for others. The integration of at-riskness is then compounded by the way that identities are operationalized through the rhetoricity of risk as innervated by the epidemiological logics of public health (Teston et al., 2019). At the core of this issue is leveraging at-riskness with narratives of empowerment for such communities—intervention work that technical communicators are primed to conduct (Jones, 2016).

This experience report relays a methodology for employing user-centered design within health and medical contexts underpinned by an ethics of relationality. By reviewing key findings of a qualitative analysis of user-generated social media content related to PrEP and Truvada, I outline a methodology for energizing user-centered design practices with the Indigenous concept of relationality, which outlines a reciprocal ethics for doing community-facing work (Haas, 2012; Mukavetz, 2014). Focusing specifically on medical racism and the colonial history of public health, I present a case study redesign of a popular advertisement for Truvada that showcases the advocacy work that technical communicators might bring into health and medical workplaces. This work resonates with a broader trend in the field regarding rethinking technical communication as a site for intervening in health outcomes for queer people, though as of yet, no work exists primarily for QBIMOC (Edenfield et al., 2019; Green, 2020; Ramler, 2020). This report also coincides with the conference themes of advocacy and coalitions as the methodology outlined rethinks participatory design along the axes of queer of color sensibilities. Attendees and readers will take away practical strategies for advocating for marginalized groups such as QBIMOC in addition to design strategies that account for community knowledge.


References


Belluz, J. (2014). The Truvada wars. BMJ (Online), 348. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3811


Edenfield, A. C., Holmes, S., & Colton, J. S. (2019). Queering tactical technical communication: DIY HRT. Technical Communication Quarterly, 28(3), 177–191. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2019.1607906


Green, M. (2020). Resistance as participation: Queer theory’s applications for HIV health technology design. Technical Communication Quarterly, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2020.1831615


Guta, A., Murray, S., & McClelland, A. (2011). Global AIDS governance, biofascism, and the difficult freedom of expression. Aporia: The Nursing Journal, 3(4), 15–29.


Haas, A. M. (2012). Race, rhetoric, and technology: A case study of decolonial technical communication theory, methodology, and pedagogy. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 26(3), 277–310. https://doi.org/10.1177/1050651912439539


Jones, N. N. (2016). The technical communicator as advocate: Integrating a social justice approach in technical communication. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 46(3), 342–361. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047281616639472


Mukavetz, A. M. R. (2014). Towards a cultural rhetorics methodology: Making research matter with multi - generational women from the Little Traverse Bay Band. Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization, 5(1), 108–125.


Ramler, M. E. (2020). Queer usability. Technical Communication Quarterly, 0(0), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2020.1831614


Scott, J. B. (2016). Sexual counterpublics, disciplinary rhetorics, and truvada. In J. Alexander & J. Rhodes (Eds.), Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. Routledge.


Shahani, N. (2016). How to survive the whitewashing of AIDS: Global pasts, transnational futures. In QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. 3(1). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/614679


Spieldenner, A. (2016). PrEP whores and HIV prevention: The queer communication of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Journal of Homosexuality, 63(12), 1685–1697. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2016.1158012


Teston, C., Gonzales, L., Bivens, K., & Whitney, K. (2019). Surveying precarious publics. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, 2(3), 321–351. https://doi.org/10.5744/rhm.2019.1015

Invited Chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric

"Methodologies Not Yet Known: The Queer Case For Relational Research"

This invited chapter is for the Routldege Handbooks of Queer Rhetorics, the first collection of its kind comprising an international and interdisciplinary cadre of queer researchers. In this chapter, I interrogate the limits of research as a practice within queer rhetorical scholarship as both remain energized by the whiteness of contemporary queer identity politics (construed as settler colonial futurity). Constellating across cultural rhetorics, de- and anticolonial theory and practice, settler colonial studies, Black and Native studies, and Critical University Studies, I argue for a divestment from the settler colonial undercurrents of queerness (as identity, practice, lifeway) and, in their place, the advancement of a decolonial horizon within research projects—and a refusal to do research when the queer researcher cannot imagine a decolonial future.

I begin by highlighting the interlinked nature of queerness with ongoing colonization in settler colonies (primarily within North American and specifically the United States, my context) via the integration of queerness within settler liberalism, springboarding from this criticism into the leaky potential of de/anticolonial theory to dissolve queer stasis as a force for good—as a means of refusing settler futurity. I conclude this chapter by offering solutions to readers derived from my community organizing and approaches to research with(in) marginalized communities. With these questions, I implore readers to begin the work of queerly relational research, or methodologizing in a manner that forecloses the settler imaginary—the totalizing intellectual purview of research—and that advances Black/Indigenous futurity.

The collection is expected either Spring 2022 or Summer 2022.