Broadly, I teach and do research in rhetoric and social justice, critical race studies/anti-racism efforts, social and cultural approaches to emerging technology, religious rhetoric, participatory ethnographic research/documentary methods, research ethics, and rhetorical theory.

Will Penman presenting a 3 minute version of his thesis

My dissertation is at the intersection of activism and rhetorical new materialism, examining how white people’s anti-racist efforts involve responding to others, a contrast to rhetoric’s traditional focus on persuading others. It is an ethnographic study of “aspirational rhetoric” in a context in which white people are choosing to work against racism but discovering the difficulties of doing so.

Just published in Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric - How people make sense of Trump and why it matters for racial justice. I also have a forthcoming article in Quarterly Journal of Speech, based on part of my dissertation. I've also published two book reviews.

I've presented papers at RSA, NCA, CCCC, and other conferences.

Check out the cool scholarly things I've made.