Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

I am an assistant professor specializing in rhetorical theory. Broadly, my research examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. My research is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science), expertise and ethos in scientific research, and expertise and expert networks.

I am the author of Science Communication Online: Engaging Experts and Publics on the Internet (The Ohio State University Press, 2019). I am also the co-editor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave, 2017). My current research on expertise is funded through an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (2017-2022), and an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2018-2022).

I am also the President of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM), a General Editor at Genre Across Borders, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Genre Research at the University of Copenhagen.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor , University of Waterloo
  • 2014–2015
    Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Education

  • 2014 
    North Carolina State University, Ph.D./Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
  • 2010 
    University of Waterloo, M.A./Rhetoric and Communication Design
  • 2008 
    University of Waterloo, B.A.(Hons)./English Language and Literature

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Networked Expertise as a Novel Approach to Complex Problem Solving
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2017
    Networked Expertise as a Novel Approach to Complex Problem Solving
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science