Research

My scholarly research interests include public policy, organizational theory and behavior, democratic government functions, analytical methods (discourse and content), and usability studies.

The Assessment Project

Since 2006, I’ve conducted research on a 2002 British government report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities. I’ve used that report and related documents to explore and describe how an administration’s structure, values, and key participants influence its communications and are in turn influenced by them.

I presented preliminary findings about institutional values and rhetoric in ostensibly technical reports at the 2008 Popular Culture Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, CA. I later expanded these findings into an analytical article for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication the following year.

The Public Presentation of a Hybrid Science: Scientific and Technical Communication in “Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment of the British Government” (2002) won an Article of Merit award from the Philadelphia Metro chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) in 2009.

I used key insights from that article in my doctoral study and am developing a book-length publication based on this work this year.