Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • Michelle Gibbons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. She earned a B.A. in English from Vassar College (2000), an M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2007), and a Ph.D. in Communication, also from the University of Pittsburgh (2010). She joined the University of New Hampshire in 2016, after holding a postdoctoral fellowship in digital pedagogy at Georgia Tech followed by a faculty position at SUNY Delhi in upstate New York. Her research interests include rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric of science, technology and medicine, vernacular public discourse and the digital humanities. Her work has been published in journals that include Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, Philosophy of Science, Journalism History, and Argumentation and Advocacy, among others. In 2015, her article “Beliefs about the Mind as Doxastic Inventional Resource: Freud, Neuroscience, and the Case of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care” won the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology’s Article of the Year Award. Dr. Gibbons’s current research project investigates the rhetorical deployment of commonsense psychological beliefs in public culture. At UNH, she teaches courses that include Propaganda and Persuasion, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, and Digital Rhetoric.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 The recalcitrant invention of X-ray imagesTechnical Communication Quarterly.  28:54-68. 2019
    2019 Attaining landmark status: Rumelhart and McClelland's PDP Volumes and the Connectionist Paradigm.Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.  55:54-70. 2019
    2018 A Neurorhetoric of IncongruityPoroi.  13. 2018
    2014 Beliefs about the Mind as Doxastic Inventional Resource: Freud, Neuroscience, and the Case of Dr. Spock’sBaby and Child CareRSQ-Rhetoric Society Quarterly.  44:427-448. 2014
    2012 Reassessing Discovery: Rosalind Franklin, Scientific Visualization, and the Structure of DNA*Philosophy of Science.  79:63-80. 2012
    2009 'Voices from the People': Letters to the American Phrenological Journal, 1854-64Journalism History.  35:72-81. 2009
    2007 Seeing the Mind in the Matter: Functional Brain Imaging as Framed Visual ArgumentArgumentation and Advocacy.  43:175-188. 2007

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2017 Toward a Digital Methodology for Ideographic Criticism: A Case Study of 'Equality' 2017

    Teaching Activities

  • Propaganda and Persuasion Taught course 2019
  • Sem/Digital Rhetoric Taught course 2019
  • Intro Rhetorical Thry&Analysis Taught course 2018
  • Seminar in Rhetorical Study Taught course 2018
  • Propaganda and Persuasion Taught course 2018
  • Sem/Digital Rhetoric Taught course 2018
  • Intro Rhetorical Thry&Analysis Taught course 2017
  • Propaganda and Persuasion Taught course 2017
  • Propaganda and Persuasion Taught course 2017
  • Sem/Digital Rhetoric Taught course 2017
  • Propaganda and Persuasion Taught course 2016
  • Sem/Digital Rhetoric Taught course 2016
  • Education And Training

  • B.A., Vassar College
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D. CommunicationSpeechComRhetoric, University of Pittsburgh
  • Full Name

  • Michelle Gibbons