Current Projects

(1) Practicing Posthuman Dignity (book project)

An IRB-approved, site-based study of contemporary care workers who collaborate with assistive technologies. I hope to construct a practice account of human dignity in the age of posthuman patienthood.

(2) Investigating how early-career medical professionals regard human dignity (co-PIs: Victoria Charoonratana, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College; Lauren Terbrock-Elmestad, PhD Candidate, St. Louis University)

The primary research question motivating this IRB-approved study is: How do medical students define and describe human dignity in practice? By using focus group methods, we will provide participants with an opportunity to describe experiences they’ve had over the course of their medical school training that they believe might be examples of “human dignity in practice.” Our analyses will lay the groundwork for future empirical studies of human dignity in practice so that we might have a better understanding of how to train medical practitioners to provide dignified care.

(3) Decolonizing Technical Writing Curricula (co-PI: Jason Collins, PhD Candidate, Ohio State University)

An IRB-approved assessment of technical writing curricula that includes survey instruments and interviews with students, instructors, and technical writers.

(4) Professional Writing Pedagogies for Neurodiverse Writers (co-PI: Yanar Hashlamon, PhD Student, Ohio State University)

This IRB-approved project will investigate how professional and technical writing curricula might have a disabling impact in the classroom by capitulating to a neurotypical understanding of of professionalism, collaboration, and writing, in general.

(5) Interrogating Hit-and-Run Rhetorical Criticism (with Nathan R. Johnson, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida)

Drawing on bibliometric data, this study examines the current state of rhetoric of health and medicine (RHM) scholarship. Specifically, I hope to better understand what makes some RHM scholarship more or less sustainable.


Recent Publications (see CV for full list of publications)

  • Teston, C., Gonzales, L., Bivens, K., & Whitney, K. (2019). “Surveying precarious publics.” Rhetoric of Health and Medicine.
  • Teston, C., Previte, B., Hashlamon, Y. (2019). “The Grind of Multimodal Work in Professional Writing Pedagogies.” Computers and Composition.
  • Teston, C. (2018). “Pathologizing Precarity.” In W.S. Hesford, A.C. Licona and C. Teston (Eds.), Precarious Rhetorics (276-297). Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press.
  • Hesford, W.S., Licona, A.C., Teston, C. (2018). “Rhetorical Recalibrations and Response-abilities.” In W.S. Hesford, A.C. Licona and C. Teston (Eds.), Precarious Rhetorics (1-17). Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press.
  • Teston, C. (2017). Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Negotiating Medical Uncertainty. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  • Teston, C. (2017). “Enthymematic Elasticity in the Biomedical Backstage.” In L. Walsh and C. Boyle’s Persuasive Topologies: Equipment for a Post-Critical Rhetoric of Technoscience, Media, and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Teston, C. (2016). “Rhetoric, Precarity, and mHealth Technologies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
  • Teston, C. (2016). “Rendering and Reifying Brain Sex Science.” In S. Barnett & C. Boyle (Eds.) Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things. University of Alabama Press.