Research

My academic interests centre on gender, new media and popular culture, with a particular focus on science and technology in pop culture.

I am currently completing my Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric, at the University of Texas at Austin, and I will defend my dissertation, Seeing Doubles, in December 2016. In this project, I argue that medical images circulating amongst lay audiences online simultaneously disrupt and reinscribe cultures of expertise and domination that disproportionately impact women and people of colour. I trace the production, circulation and reception of four sites in which images of the interior of the body have gone viral. I argue that the appearance of objectivity afforded by machinic vision occludes the ways such vision is used to identify and penalize bodily difference. I examine two texts in which computer-generated x-ray imagery claims to visualize a post-difference human ideal but, due to the structures of its production, operates beyond vision to reinscribe existing bodily norms. Finally, I take up sculptures in which the ideal woman is revealed to be the invisible one. In all four cases, I argue, creators appropriate scientific authority through practices of production and citation, while disavowing that affiliation in favor of connections to security, pleasure and beauty. Seeing Doubles contributes to the growing field of feminist medical rhetorics and offers a visual intervention in the rhetoric of science.