I am SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric & Technical Communication, in the Communication department at North Carolina State University, and a member of the Leadership in Public Science cluster.

My work is in rhetoric, focusing on civic argumentation and in particular on the communication of science in policy controversies. I’m curious about how people manage to reason with each other even when they disagree, perhaps deeply. So my goal is to develop theory that both captures the normative dimensions of arguing while also explaining how, in practice, disagreeable people manage to peacefully and productively coordinate their interactions.  I’m particularly excited about the affordances that AI techniques offer for analyzing the vast amounts of deliberative talk that circulate online. Of course, throwing scientists into the mix just tangles things further; in some ways, we have to take an expert’s statements on trust and not ask for reasons. Why is that reasonable?–for it is.

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