Office Location: Marrs McLean Science Building 185.3
Office Hours (Spring 2019): MW 10:00 a.m. - Noon or by appointment
Department of Communication
One Bear Place # 97368
Waco, TX 76798-7368
My research focuses on the rhetorical relationship between public memory and tragedies, in particular national/natural disasters in the era of climate change. From pop culture to political rhetoric to news media, I examine the stories we tell about tragedy and, perhaps most importantly, the stories we do not. My theoretical focus draws primarily from psychoanalytic scholarship across a number of academic disciplines and attempts to explain how public memory functions outside of commonly recognized memory texts like monuments and museums, in short, how the national unconscious deals with the trauma that tragedies bring. These questions are posed from within the contemporary moment, in which neoliberal economic policies and formations of thought meet up with the challenges of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in a time of increasingly great environmental challenges. I recently defended my dissertation from the University of Georgia on the public memory of Hurricane Katrina.
My primary goal as a teacher is to develop students’ capacity to think and speak. Alongside the practical skills that communication and rhetorical education provides, I want students to be equipped with analytical and critical thinking skills that will translate across the spectrum of their life experiences in the professional, personal, and political realms.
When not on the Baylor campus, I enjoy spending time with my wife, my 12-year old yellow lab Zeppelin, and my two kittens, Ellie Pequin and Eddie Serrano. Because of my interest in exploring how things work, I have also spent many years woodworking and playing mechanic. And when I’m back in the mountains of Colorado visiting my family, I love to hike, bike, and ski.
Upon arriving at Baylor, I was struck immediately by a sense of deep commitment displayed across campus. First and foremost is the commitment that the people of Baylor have to one another. I have seen faculty, staff, and students consistently embody the shared responsibility to sustain a positive, active, and intellectual campus culture. As I began working more closely with Baylor students, I saw the commitment they have to their work as well. They come to Baylor ready and eager to work, learn, and grow, and it has been my pleasure to do the same alongside them.