I am a Lecturer in Arts Studies in Research and Writing. I hold a PhD in English from UBC (2020) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies from York University. My research and teaching focus on the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine, including health awareness, direct-to-consumer advertising, and health communication. I teach WRDS 150 as well as courses in Rhetoric in the Department of English Language and Literatures. I also contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in areas of academic integrity and online educational resources for science writing and writing across the disciplines.
Pharmaceuticals and their Advertisements
This course introduces students to, and invites them to participate in, scholarly conversations about pharmaceuticals and their advertisements. Together, we will read journal articles from a variety of fields (cultural studies, rhetoric, history, and more) and ask: how does pharmaceutical marketing affect the production of disorders? How are we persuaded to understand ourselves as healthy, or not? We will also think about the production of knowledge itself: how are disciplinary boundaries maintained and/or challenged, and how are knowledges shaped by these boundaries? By the end of this course, students will have developed an understanding of the generic features of academic articles in a diverse range of areas, honed reading, writing, and presentation skills, and built a lens through which to assess more critically health/medical information available through professional, public, and social media.