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 focuses on a rhetorical engagement with emerging digital platforms in the so-called 'sharing economy.' I ask: What rhetorics are mobilized in the emerging 'sharing economy' and how do they reinforce and/or subvert dominant discourses within contemporary capitalism? How might attention to the rhetorics of the 'sharing economy' illuminate the rhetorical resources necessary to build sustainable, resilient, smart, and just cities?
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.