This page describes published work in the following categories:

  • A scholarly book
  • Articles in refereed journals
  • Chapters
  • Proceedings and commentaries
  • Videos and reviews

Works in progress include a scholarly book on rhetorical approaches to teaching writing in sciences (to be submitted for review in 2020) and an article based on a large-scale study, using over 4,000 NSF abstracts, of scientists’ views of public communication (under review).


Communicating Popular Science: From Deficit to Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.


In a review in Science Communication, Susanna Hornig Priest describes Communicating Popular Science as “a thoughtful book that nicely articulates much current thinking in science communication” (p. 513).

Articles in Refereed Journals

2019. “Marketing the Research Missions of Academic Medical Centers: Why Messages Blurring Lines between Clinical Care and Research are Bad for Both Business and Ethics.”

  • Published in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 28.3
  • Co-author, with Mark Yarborough, Timothy Houk, Yael Schenker, & Richard Sharp

2019. “New Metaphors for New Understandings of Genomes.”

  • Published in Perspectives in Biology & Medicine 62.1
  • Lead author, with Meaghan O’Keefe

2019. “Health Misinformation and the Power of Narrative Messaging in the Public Sphere.”

  • Published in the Canadian Journal of Bioethics 2.2
  • Co-author, with Timothy Caulfield & the members of the working group on “Mapping the Emerging Issues in the Public Representation of Bioscience & Health Issues” (University of Alberta, May 2018)

2017. “Unbounded: Integrating Real-World Problems into an Undergraduate Information Design Course.”

  • Published in Information Design Journal 22.3 (2017)
  • Co-author, with Susan Verba

2015. “‘Editing’ Genes: A Case Study About How Language Matters in Bioethics.”

  • Published in: American Journal of Bioethics 15.12
  • Co-author, with Meaghan O’Keefe, Jodi Halpern, Lisa Ikemoto, Mark Yarborough, and the UC North Bioethics Collaboratory for Life & Health Sciences

2012. “Course Design Essay: UWP 011.”

  • Published in Composition Studies, 40.2

2011. “Cognition and Error in Student Writing.”

  • Published in Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 22.3

Book Chapters

2018. “University of California, Davis, Center for Design in the Public Interest.”

  • Published in the Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. Eds. Lisa Abendroth and Bryan Bell. New York: Routledge
  • Co-author, with Susan Verba and Tracy Manuel

2016. “Part of the Fabric of the University: From First Year through Graduate School and Across the Disciplines.”

  • Published in Navigating the Minefield of Dreams: The Promise and Peril of Independent Writing Programs, Eds. Justin Everett and Cristina Hanganu-Bresch. Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse and Boulder CO: University Press of Colorado.
  • Co-author, with Chris Thaiss, Aliki Dragona, Katherine Rodger, and Carl Whithaus

2009. “Rhetoric and Representation in Popular Science Texts: Uses of Anthropomorphism in Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind.

  • Published in: Of Mice and Men: Animals in Human Culture. Eds. Vartan Messier and Nandita Batra. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2009. “‘It Got Me Thinking’: Generative Ethos and (Re)Action.”

  • Published in: Renewing Rhetoric’s Relations to Composition: Essays in Honor of Theresa Jarnagin Enos. Eds. Shane Borrowman, Stuart Brown, and Thomas P. Miller, with Sarah Perrault. New York: Routledge.

Proceedings and Commentaries

2016. “Journey as Shared Human Experience.”

  • A commentary published in American Journal of Bioethics 16.10
  • Lead author, with Meaghan O’Keefe

2015. “Design for Understanding: Creating Open-­World and Open-­Ended Design Experiences for Undergraduates.”

  • Published in IIID Vision Plus 2015, Birmingham, UK
  • Co-author, with Susan Verba

2015. Thinking Tools for Moving Across Boundaries.

  • Published in: SIGDOC ’15, July 16–17, 2015 (Limerick, Ireland)
  • Lead author, with Susan Verba, Prerna Dudani, Yohei Kato , and Sumayyah Ahmed

2011. Creating a Cross-disciplinary and Sustainable Graduate Program. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication: Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships.

Videos and Reviews

Write Like a Professor video series (14 videos, total play time 39 minutes 53 seconds). (With James R. Carey, Professor of Entomology, and graduate student Shruti Dave). Originally published on the UC Davis Library website; now linked from there to YouTube.)

Review of “Approaching FYC from a Research Perspective: Using Teacher and Corpus Inquiry to Impact Practice.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2017.

Review of “The Risks and Rewards of Collaboratively Teaching Scientific Writing.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2016.

Review of “Mobilizing Insider Knowledge: Examining How Disciplinary Participants Provide Affordances for Student Writing.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2013.

Review of “Show Me Your Work: A Cross-Disciplinary Assessment of Undergraduate Mathematical Research Writing.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2012.

Review of “Genres in Transition.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2012.

Review of “Three Integrations of Science and Composition.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, issue 16.1 (Fall 2011).