Erin Brock Carlson’s research centers the relationships between place, technology, and power, focusing on how communities work together to address complex public problems through communication and community organizing. Her current projects include documenting the experiences of West Virginians affected by natural gas pipeline development; advocating for access and distribution of ethically collected and curated public health data; and developing place-based methods for community engagement pedagogy.
Erin is also working on a larger project about the importance of place-based knowledges to Appalachian organizing and activism in the midst of regional economic transition, drawing from a yearlong participatory photovoice project with a group of community organizers.
She teaches courses in professional, technical, and multimedia writing, as well as Digital Humanities and accompanying research methods. Her specializations include: Technical and Professional Communication, Public and Digital Rhetorics, Participatory Research Methodologies, Community Engagement and Service Learning, and Rhetorical Theory.