Heather Suzanne Woods is a scholar and teacher of digital rhetoric. She is interested in the ways that people use new media environments to organize and act together politically. Her most recent project analyzes the ways memes circulate to create public culture. Currently Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Technology at Kansas State University.  In recent past, Heather was a UNC Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow, a K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Scholar, a UNC Center for Faculty Excellence Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow, #FHN Digital Media Coordinator, and the Outreach and Assessment Coordinator of Project Vox.

Research

Broadly, Heather’s research interests are at the intersections of Rhetoric and Media and Technology Studies. She researches how people use digital tools to formulate and organize acts of resistance and dissent in the digital sphere. She also considers the affordances and limitations of algorithmic judgment and hashtag usage as they affect online communities of dissent. In addition to both regional and national conference participation, Heather’s research has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and Teaching Media Quarterly.

For more information about her research, check out her Google Scholar profile or her CV. For recent publications, click here. For recent presentations click here.