S.A. Colclough is a fourth year Rhetoric & Writing PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. Their research focuses on rhetoric of technology, with specific attention to the relationship between technology rhetoric and political rhetorical constructs such as “the body politic” or “political agency.” They draw on scholarship from digital rhetoric, comparative media studies, and continental philosophy in their work.
In 2016, Colclough joined the staff of the Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL) at UT Austin. During their tenure at the DWRL, they have contributed to the Data Visualization research team (2016-2017) and the Digital Archiving research team (spring 2016), in addition to producing various other content for the DWRL website. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Colclough’s DWRL Flash Fellowship project was to digitally archive every article published in The New York Times containing the term “bot” on a single digital platform and then use text-mining tools to identify chronological patterns in the term’s changing definitions, context, and frequency of use. As of fall 2018, they are continuing the project, experimenting with different textual corpus analysis tools and data visualization software with plans to eventually publish the project-in-progress on an open source software platform.
In summer 2018, Colclough worked as a writing consultant for The University Writing Center. They are employed by the UWC for the 2018-2019 academic school year.
Colclough earned their MA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017, though due to paperwork issues, did not officially receive the degree until 2018. Their M.A. report was on the rhetorical construction of “bots” as nonhuman political agents in newspaper coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
They earned their bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English with a minor in women’s studies at the University of Georgia in 2013.
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