Michelle Gibbons

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-0760
Office: Communication, Horton SSC Rm 135, Durham, NH 03824
Michelle Gibbons

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.

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Digital rhetoric
  • Pedagogy
  • Rhetoric of science
  • Vernacular Public Discourse

Courses Taught

  • CMN 456: Propaganda and Persuasion
  • CMN 507: Intro Rhetorical Thry&Analysis
  • CMN 697: Seminar in Rhetorical Study

Selected Publications

Gibbons, M. (2019). The recalcitrant invention of X-ray images. Technical Communication Quarterly, 28(1), 54-68. doi:10.1080/10572252.2018.1539193

Gibbons, M. (2019). Attaining landmark status: Rumelhart and McClelland's PDP Volumes
and the Connectionist Paradigm. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 55(1), 54-70. doi:10.1002/jhbs.21946

Gibbons, M. G., & Seitz, D. (2017). Toward a Digital Methodology for Ideographic Criticism: A Case Study of 'Equality'. In A. Davisson, & A. Hess (Eds.), Theorizing Digital Rhetoric. Routledge.

Gibbons, M. G. (2014). Beliefs about the Mind as Doxastic Inventional Resource: Freud, Neuroscience, and the Case of Dr. Spock’sBaby and Child Care. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 44(5), 427-448. doi:10.1080/02773945.2014.957411

Gibbons, M. G. (2012). Reassessing Discovery: Rosalind Franklin, Scientific Visualization, and the Structure of DNA*. Philosophy of Science, 79(1), 63-80. doi:10.1086/663241

Gibbons, M. G. (2009). 'Voices from the People': Letters to the American Phrenological Journal, 1854-64. Journalism History, 35(2), 72-81.

Gibbons, M. G. (2007). Seeing the Mind in the Matter: Functional Brain Imaging as Framed Visual Argument. Argumentation and Advocacy, 43(3-4), 175-188. doi:10.1080/00028533.2007.11821673

Gibbons, M. (n.d.). A Neurorhetoric of Incongruity. Poroi, 13(2). doi:10.13008/2151-2957.1248

Most Cited Publications