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.

This ongoing project introduces users to the question: how much do different people feel represented by today's voice-driven AI?

Will Penman presenting a 3 minute version of his thesis

My dissertation is a three-year participatory study about anti-racism efforts in the mid-size city of "Splitsville." It documents a rhetorical process of responsive anti-racist engagement, and explores three practices that people in the project used to support this process. The dissertation contributes to conversations in rhetorical theory, the study of race and racism, and participatory critical rhetoric. Read the introduction here. My next steps involve applying and refining these ideas with other groups of people. If you're interested or want to read more, get in touch: wpenman@princeton.edu.

Just published in Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric: How people make sense of Trump and why it matters for racial justice. I also have a recent article in Quarterly Journal of Speech: A rhetorical, field-based critique of ethical accountability. I've also published two book reviews.

Explore videos of presentations I've given at RSA, NCA, CCCC, and other conferences.

As part of my desire to draw people into my research projects and make a significant social impact, I've created several open web projects, including a collaborative grant-funded infographic on 4 tips for project-based learning with teens.