Monica M Brown

I study the history and theory of rhetoric and specialize in rhetoric of health and medicine. My research concerns the formation of civic identities in contexts of health and medicine. In my dissertation research, for example, I examine the rhetorical strategies used in public health campaigns to encourage public participation during outbreaks of infectious and communicable disease. My article, “Inoculating the Public: Managing Vaccine Rhetoric,” appeared in a special issue of the rhetoric journal, Present Tense. I have also researched and written about the use of metaphor in media coverage of health research.

Between 2009 and 2011, while a research assistant in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, I participated in the development of an interactive visualization tool for reading, writing, and teaching complex narrative. Two articles I co-authored with members of our research team, which discuss aspects of this SSHRC-funded digital humanities research project, appear in a 2013 issue of Literary and Linguistic Computing. To learn more about this project, which is based out of the University of British Columbia’s Digital Literacy Centre, click here.

Born in Toronto, I grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo and first studied rhetoric as an undergraduate student in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing program in English at University of Waterloo. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy biking, gardening, and reading for fun.

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