My research focuses on the intersections of identity, textuality, and online communities, examining digital activism, the circulation of texts, and the shifting expectations of digital genres. Recent scholarship, co-authored and published in Technoculture explores the role of community guidelines in curbing oppressive comments. Her work on the complexities of intellectual property, “Snaps without Props: Snapchat’s Blatant (Mis)Appropriation of Makeup Artistry” was published in the 2017 NCTE Intellectual Property Annual.

Works in Progress

My current research, recently published in Pre-Text's special issue on Queer Rhetorics interrogates the impact of "acceptable queerness," in pop culture today via shows like RuPaul's Drag Race, particularly examining the circulation of gifs and the ways in which they make promote and elide notions of queer sexuality, framing what is made visible and thus, acceptable, and what is just outside the frame.

I am working on an archival project which seeks to trace the expectations of the embodied traits of writing center directors. Examining writing center discourse through an analysis of published scholarship, calls for papers, conference programs, abstracts, and job descriptions, I seek to trace how the field has shaped the affective expectations of directors, the conflicts that arise when expectations are challenged, and the potential for reframing more equitable expectations.


I am also collaborating on a project which explores true crime podcasts, their pedagogical potential, their unique genre intersections, and the ways in which hosts build ethos and community. We will present this work at Computers and Writing in East Lansing, Michigan in June, 2019.


© 2017 by Devon Ralston.