Issue 4 Contributor Bios

Elizabeth F. Chamberlain is the Director of First-Year Writing and an Assistant Professor of English rhetoric and composition at Arkansas State University; she is also an associate editor with Kairos. Her research addresses media cultural studies, via rhetorical analysis and digital corpus analytics. She has work published or forthcoming in venues including Studies in the Humanities, Computers and Composition Online, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, Media Commons, and Wired.

Kelli R. Gill is a rhetoric and composition scholar completing her Ph.D. at Texas Christian University, with emphasis in Women and Gender Studies, and New Media. Her research interests include multimodal composition, cultural rhetorics, and food studies. She is a HASTAC Scholar and currently serves as the Assistant Director for TCU’s Center for Digital Expression. She completed her MA in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy at Michigan State University’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures program.

Matthew Halm is a doctoral candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. His research incorporates materialist media theory and theories of composition and rhetoric, particularly as they pertain to post-representational understandings of rhetoric, writing, and composing which draw on resources beyond the symbolic. This work incorporates technological and natural processes (which have always been entangled and in many ways indistinguishable) as they produce material effects on the surface of the planet like mountains, rivers, skyscrapers, fiberoptic cables, plants, animals, rhetoric, and writing.

April O'Brien is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Sam Houston State University. Her work, which is situated at the intersections of race, place, and public memory, has appeared in journals such as Present Tense, The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, and Textshop Experiments. ​She tweets at @april_rhetor.

Laura A. Sparks is an assistant professor of English at California State University, Chico, where she teaches courses in writing studies and human rights rhetorics. Her current research focuses on the relationship between rhetoric and post-9/11 interrogational torture, with particular attention to digital human rights rhetoric and rhetorical constructions of urgency and timeliness. She has recent and upcoming publications in Present Tense, Journal of Contemporary Poetics, Screen Bodies, and the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Website: http://laura-sparks.com

Kali Jo Wacker is a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Kansas, with a graduate certificate in Museum Studies. Her research areas include material culture studies, digital rhetoric, museum studies, and multimodal composition. Her current work specifically focuses on the impact of interdisciplinary exchange between multimodal composition pedagogies and museum education. In addition to her work in the English and Museum Studies Departments, she serves as a Graduate Fellow at the University of Kansas’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

Adam Wickberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Wickberg is a Postdoctoral fellow in media history at the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab, a core member of the Posthumanities Hub and a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin (MPWIG I) for 2019–2021. He works on issues of media history and theory, including digital issues, and the relation between media infrastructures, environment and knowledge, in contemporary expressions like the Anthropocene as well as the deeper historical roots of the eco-crisis. His book Pellucid Paper: Poetry and Bureaucratic Media in Early Modern Spain was published by Open Humanities Press 2018: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/pellucid-paper/

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