Skip to main content

Erin Brock Carlson

Assistant Professor

Erin Brock Carlson’s research centers the relationships between place, technology, and power, focusing on how communities work together to address complex public problems through communication and community organizing. Her current projects include documenting the experiences of West Virginians affected by natural gas pipeline development; advocating for access and distribution of ethically collected and curated public health data; and developing place-based methods for community engagement pedagogy.

Erin is also working on a larger project about the importance of place-based knowledges to Appalachian organizing and activism in the midst of regional economic transition, drawing from a yearlong participatory photovoice project with a group of community organizers.

She teaches courses in professional, technical, and multimedia writing, as well as Digital Humanities and accompanying research methods. 

Specializations:

  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Public and Digital Rhetorics
  • Participatory Research Methodologies
  • Community Engagement and Service Learning
  • Rhetorical Theory

Recent Publications:

Carlson, Erin Brock, & Gouge, Catherine. (2020). Rural health and contextualizing data. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 35(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/1050651920958502

Carlson, Erin Brock. (2020). Embracing a metic lens for community-based participatory research in technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly 29(4), 392-410. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2020.1789745

Overmyer, Trinity, & Carlson, Erin Brock. (2019). Unpacking place as a design thinking tool. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 33(4), 431-436. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1050651919854079

Carlson, Erin Brock. (2019). Please sign here (and share it to your Facebook and Twitter feeds): Online petitions and inventing for circulation. Computers and Composition 52, 175-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2019.01.003 

Carlson, Erin Brock. (2019). Metis as embodied, techno-feminist intervention: Rhetorically listening to Periods for Pence. Computers and Composition 51, 14-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2018.11.002 

Carlson, Erin Brock. (2018). Navigating shifting social media networks: An ecological approach to anonymous mobile applications. Kairos 22.2. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/22.2/praxis/carlson/index.html

Carlson, Erin Brock, & Overmyer, Trinity. (2018). Photovoice methods: Interrogating participant-researcher dynamics through digital, mobile data. In Research Methods for the Digital Humanities. Lewis Levenberg, Tai Neilson, & David Rheams (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10/1007/978-3-319-96713-4_8