Lecturer of Rhetoric, Boston University

Joelle has a wide breadth of experience writing, teaching, and speaking about robots and AI. She writes science/tech pieces for the Daily Beast, Slate, Undark, Aeon, New Scientist, and others, and she maintains an award-winning blog, Could This Happen, about the relationship between science and science fiction. She teaches writing and research with a focus on science fiction, space, and robots/AI at Boston University.


  • 2011–2018
    science writer, Slate
  • 2016–2018
    science writer, Daily Beast
  • 2017–2018
    science writer, Astrobiology Magazine
  • 2008–2018
    lecturer of Rhetoric, Boston University