About Me

I am a scholar of rhetoric and writing in digital spaces. I have been intrigued by Internet culture and technologically mediated discourse ever since my days of LiveJournal Harry Potter roleplay. Because of my upbringing as a child of the internet, my research examines intersectional facets of identity—gender, sexuality, race, age, class, (dis)ability, religion—asking how these differences mediate our experiences with digital tools and interfaces, and in turn how those technologies influence the writing of our diverse selves.

Allegra, a short white woman with a red pixie haircut, stands in front of her award-winning SIGDOC 2017 research poster, "Can You Hear Me Now?:  Revaluing Listening's Role in User Research Practice" I am currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing in the Department of English at Jacksonville State University (Alabama). I received my PhD from the Rhetoric and Composition Program at Purdue University, and received bachelor’s degrees in Professional Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies and a master’s in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing, from Michigan State University. Go green and boiler up!

In fall 2021, I am adjusting to my new position at JSU and teaching oral communication, technical writing, and writing for social media. I am also drafting an article based on my dissertation project, which used contextual inquiry in a retirement community to investigate the computer and internet use of older adults aged 70+, combining qualitative interview data with structured task analyses to better understand the technological goals of this age cohort, as well as the barriers that they face when attempting to realize those goals.

When I am not hastily typing or Photoshopping, I enjoy binge-watching British comedy on Netflix, making giant pots of soup, trying new teas, and volunteering with the AARP Foundation.

Please feel free to contact me through any of my social media accounts below, or by email at allegra.w.smith@gmail.com. I would love to have a conversation with you online.