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About

  • Who: Chris Lindgren, PhD Candidate in the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication program in the Writing Studies department at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • Specialties: computer programming as writing; literacies; rhetoric and technology; embodied and distributed cognition
  • Bio: My research studies computer coding as writing. For my dissertation, I conducted an ethnographic case-study of a developer who works in a newsroom with reporters and editors dedicated to applying data processing, analysis, and visualization techniques when developing news narratives. By studying coding as writing and understanding sets of data and databases as texts, my findings provide evidence to show how coding activity contextualizes data from its origins into the situated objectives to produce compelling news narratives with particular sets of computed values—what I call aggregate narratives.

    My past research interrogates the rhetorics driving recent calls for mass coding literacy. This strand of research appears in edited collections, such as Strategic Discourse: The Politics of (New) Literacy Crises and the Rhetoric and Digital Humanities. You can see more of my projects in my portfolio below or my CV.
  • For Fun: I enjoy soaking up the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN) with my family, cycling, and finding good coffee and donut shops.
  • Contact: lindg250 [at] umn [dot] edu.

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