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Kate Maddalena

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
BA (English/French) University of North Carolina Greensboro
MA (Language and Literature) North Carolina State University
PhD (Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media) North Carolina State University



  • The Prison House of the Circuit: A Media Geneaology. University of Minnesota Press. (Polyauthored with Media Genealogy Collective: Jeremy Packer, Paula Nunez de Villavicencio). 2023

Articles and Chapters

  • “Perfect Incommunicability: War and the strategic paradox of human-machine communication” (with Joshua Reeves and Jeremy Packer) in The SAGE Handbook on Human-Machine Communication. 2023.
  • “Fighting for Bandwidth: Prioritizing Social Justice as Essential Carework in the Age of COVID-19” (with Janelle Jennings-Alexander) in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics: Special Issue on Writing and Carework. 2022.
  • “Teaching Holistic Eco-technology: the quadrat as interface between the biosphere and the bitsphere” in What Would Ursula Franklin Say? McLuhan Centre Reprising the Real World of Technology Working Group, University of Toronto. 2022.
  • “Emerging practices for scientific communication pedagogy,” in the Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication, Hanganu-Bresch, Maci, Zerbe, and Cutrufello, Eds. 2021.
  • “Tick Problematic: Motherhood as a Posthuman Predicament” In Heliotrope. Environmental Media Lab, University of British Columbia. 2021.
  • “Ghost” In the Canadian Journal of Communication. 2021.
  • “Palpable Pixels: A Materially Digital Medium for the Culturally Digital Age” In LEGOIfied: Building Blocks as Media. Taylor and Ingraham, eds. Bloomsbury, NY. 2020.
  • “Dissolving the Divide between Expert and Public: Improving the Science Communication Course” With Colleen Reilly. In Scientific Communication: Principles, Practices, and Methods. Han and Northcut, eds. 2018.
  • “Is the Earth an Optical Medium? An Interview with Chris Russill” With Chris Russill. In International Journal of Communication. 2016.
  • “Networks, Genres, and Complex Wholes: Citizen Science and How We Act Together through Typified Text” With Ashley Rose Kelly. In Canadian Journal of Communication. 2016.
  • “Harnessing Agency for Efficacy: ‘FoldIt’ and Citizen Science” With Ashley Rose Kelly. In POROI: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention. 2015.
  • “The Digital Body: The U.S. Signal Corps, Telegraphy, and the Discourse Network of 1865”
  • With Jeremy Packer. In Theory, Culture & Society. (Winner of the James Carey Media Research Award). 2014.
  • “The Toys of Organic Chemistry: Material Manipulatives and Inductive Reasoning” In Teorie vĕdy/Theory of Science Special Issue: Philosophical Toys Today. 2013.
  • “Plastic Child-Gardening Tools: Lego’s Nostalgia for the Open-ended Toy” In Technoculture. 2013.
  • “I need you to say I: Why First Person is Important in College Writing" In Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing Volume I. Lowe and Zemliansky, eds. 2010.


I research knowledge-making media, epistemic rhetorics, and the popular uptake of science. I teach writing and critical theory-informed media studies. I write about stuff like LEGO, genetics, drugs, microbiota, and ghosts.


Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Media Studies
Rhetoric of Science and Technology
Critical Theory
Current Courses
CCT417 Alternative Media; WRI307 Science and Writing; WRI470 Writing Futures; CCT300 Critical Analysis of Media; WRI 293 Introduction to Technical Communication; WRI 360 Communicating in a World of Big Data