Who Am I? That's a Good Question!
Right now, I’m mostly a PhD candidate at Michigan State University in the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures program. In my research, I specialize in digital cultural rhetorics and am interested, broadly, in the colonial intimacies between science, technology, and medicine—and how queer and trans people of color subvert what Sareeta Amrute calls tech colonialism. My pedagogy also draws on cultural rhetorics, and I primarily draw on my training and experiences with technical and professional writing in both the industry and a various professional settings. As a graduate instructor in the First-Year Writing Program at MSU, I teach WRA 101, our first-year writing course, with an inquiry- and research-based focus, adapting assignments and materials to student interests through popular culture. I also am currently teaching WRA 325: Writing & Multimodality (in our professional writing program) with a community-engaged, advocacy component based on my experiences as a community organizer. You can read more about these on my Teaching page. In the summer of 2021—fully vaccinated!—I will be finalizing my dissertation titled “OK Sexual Health Twitter”: Toward a Community Framework of Sexual Health Literacy thanks to support from a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Arts and Letters and MSU. I will also be working on other manuscripts, which you can read more about on my Research page. Beyond that, I'll be enjoying life as best I can amid a pandemic.
Outside of my academic and professional work, I think a lot about bringing the university beyond the walls of the campus into local community. As an officer and now president of the Michigan Indígena / Chicanx Community Alliance, I have worked to bring together my university's mission to the very real need for culturally relevant programming and activism, working closely with Casa de Rosado, a Lansing-based Latinx art gallery and community space. I also take this approach as a founding member of and organizer in Queering Medicine, a grassroots coalition comprising MSU graduate and medical students and community organizers working to improve queer health in the Lansing, MI, area. As a former Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Fellow, I worked with Nupoor Ranade to develop a podcast series related to the academic job market, deploying digital rhetorics as a praxical intervention for community need. Finally, I have also used my skills as a copyeditor, technical and professional communicator, and writing consultant to assist with and to help create multiple grants and other community-facing projects, partnering with the above organizations and others such as the Ingham County Health Department and the Michigan Public Health Institute.
When I'm not doing any of the above things, you might find me at the gym, on a trail somewhere (though, as a South Texan, the cold in Michigan gets me down), reading some choice queer and/or science-fiction literature, or playing/streaming video games.