My research career is over now. It was a good run while it lasted. Here's what I did!

I abandoned this project when I left academia, after it went through a disappointing set of revise-and-resubmits. I was really proud of it, though, and thought it turned out really well, especially as 2 videos! I also created a page about the project's developmental process. The project analyzes popular YouTube videos to explore 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 was a three-year participatory study about white people's anti-racism efforts in the mid-size city of "Splitsville." From today's perspective, I would characterize it as taking an "asset-based" approach to white people's anti-racism. It documents a rhetorical process of responsive anti-racist engagement and explores three practices that people in the project used to support this process. Read the complete dissertation. Since finishing the dissertation, I adapted these ideas for other groups of people. During the George Floyd protests, I also started a condensed version of it for public consumption, but nobody really read it, so I never finished that.

I ended up publishing four articles: An emerging AI mainstream: Deepening our comparisons of AI frameworks through rhetorical analysis, with my former student Epi Torres, in AI & Society, as well as It is in giving that we receive: Adapting Christian liturgy for antiracist rhetorical work, in the Journal of Communication and Religion. I've also published in Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric on How people make sense of Trump and why it matters for racial justice and Quarterly Journal of Speech from Chapter 8 of my dissertation, A rhetorical, field-based critique of ethical accountability.