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.

One forthcoming article is in Quarterly Journal of Speech, based on part of my dissertation. A second forthcoming article is in a special issue of Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. 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.