I am an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia). I teach primarily scientific writing and multidisciplinary courses in the history of medicine and animal studies.
I am primarily interested in the history and rhetoric of psychiatry and especially in how psychiatric illness is conceptualized. I’ve also become interested in food studies, in particular veganism/ vegetarianism, and critical animal studies.
I’ve recently co-authored a book on diagnosing madness in the 19th century (with Carol Berkenkotter; University of South Carolina Press, 2019). My textbook on scientific writing (co-authored with Kelleen Flaherty) was published in 2020 (Oxford University Press), and I’ve recently co-edited a collection on vegetarian arguments (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2021). I’m currently working on a book on orthorexia, co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication (2022), and editing a collection on the rhetoric of vegetarianism.
Some of my recent work (see the Research page for more details)
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