I am a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Washington State University and a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. My primary research areas are technical communication, digital literacies, rhetorics of science and medicine, and cyberfeminist rhetorics. I teach a variety of courses including technical and professional writing, first-year composition, writing across the curriculum, and business communication.
I recently defended my dissertation project “Community-Based Digital Literacies: A Cyberfeminist Analysis of Literacy Practices in Birth Without Fear.” I argue in this project that the online birthing community, Birth Without Fear, enacts rhetorical agency within technical and medical systems by sponsoring what I call community-based digital literacies—i.e., the rhetorical, civic, and technological knowledge and literacy practices communities sponsor and employ for civic action.
I am the Founder and Director of the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, an online, interdisciplinary workshop for scholars and individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. From 2014-2015, I served as the Richard H. Haswell Distinguished Graduate Fellow in the WSU Writing Program, a nationally recognized program that includes campus-wide writing assessment, writing in the disciplines, and writing support.
Prior to attending WSU, I served as Assistant Director of Composition at Appalachian State University and as a Digital Media Consultant for ASU’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. When not engaged in scholarly activities, I’m hiking, practicing yoga, studying German, and doing nerdy stuff with new media and writing.
Feel free to contact me at ldehertogh[at]umassd[dot]edu or follow me on Twitter @lbdehertogh.
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