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Kate Maddalena

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Degrees and Institutions:
PhD, North Carolina State University, Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program, 2014
MA, North Carolina State University, English Literature and Language, 2007
BA, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2001.


Recent Courses:
WRI490 Special Topics: Writing Human Futures
WRI363 Communicating in a World of Big Data
WRI307 Science and Writing

Research Areas:
Dr. Maddalena’s research in media theory explores knowledge-making technologies, especially the material manipulatives that allow scientists to make predictive models. Her research in writing and rhetoric focuses on how to break down communicative divides between the sciences and non-expert stakeholders.  


Maddalena, K. (2020). Palpable Pixels. LEGOfied: Building Blocks as Media, Taylor & Ingraham, eds. Bloomsbury.

Maddalena, K., & Reilly, C.A. (2017). Dissolving the Divide between Expert and Public: Improving the Science Communication Service Course. In Scientific Communication: Principles, Practices, and Methods, Yu & Northcut. Routledge.

Kelly, A. R., & Maddalena, K. (2016). Networks, genres, and complex wholes: Citizen science and how we act together through typified text. Canadian Journal of Communication41(2).

Maddalena, K., & Russill, C. (2016). Is the Earth an optical medium? An interview with Chris Russill. International Journal of Communication10, 3186-3202.

Kelly, A. R., & Maddalena, K. (2015). Harnessing agency for efficacy:“Foldit” and citizen science. Poroi11(1), 1-20.

Maddalena, K., & Packer, J. (2015). The digital body: Telegraphy as discourse network. Theory, culture & society32(1), 93-117.

Maddalena, K. (2013). The toys of organic chemistry: Material manipulatives and inductive reasoning. Teorie vědy/Theory of Science35(2), 227-248.

Maddalena, K. (2013). Plastic Child-Gardening Tools: Lego’s Nostalgia For the Open-Ended Toy. technoculture: an online journal of technology in society3.

Maddalena, K. M. (2010). “I need you to say ‘I’”: Why First Person Is Important in College Writing. Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing Volume I. Lowe & Zemliansky, eds., 180


Current Courses
WRI490 Special Topics: Writing Human Futures, WRI363 Communicating in a World of Big Data, WRI307 Science and Writing