I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and a lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. As a student and teacher of rhetoric, communication, technology, and culture, my interests range from emerging technologies and digital culture, to urban studies and city life, to sustainability and practices of the good life.
My dissertation research involves a rhetorical analysis of public discourse on the so-called 'sharing economy' (sometimes also called the 'collaborative economy'). I want to better understand how advocates and critics of the sharing economy characterize various economic actors (principally 'gig' workers and entrepreneurs), value certain forms of economic activity, make claims about how technology shapes and is shaped by economic activity, and make claims about the moral or ethical dimensions of economic life. By better understanding this particular public discourse, I aim to shed light on how we talk about the economy and economic issues and to consider ways our public discourse on the economy, technology, work, labor, and care might be re-oriented toward a more equitable and just political economy.
I am proud and honored to teach at UW Bothell where I am affiliated primarily with the First-Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP) for first-year and pre-major students. I also hold teaching appointments in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In FYPP, I teach courses in the first-year Discovery Core series on urban life, data worlds and quantified selves, and practices of the good life. I also teach composition courses, namely, Interdisciplinary Writing and Research Writing, using the themes of food, technology, and sustainability. Finally, I teach Technical Writing to major-level students in the School of STEM, primarily computer science and electrical engineering students.
To get in touch, please email me at iporter AT uw DOT edu.