Mapping A Geographical History of Digital Technology in Rhetoric and Composition

This dissertation blends online geographical maps with textual explication to make visible and comprehensible the interactions of American collegiate Rhetoric and Composition programs with digital technology. Existing literature exploring the history of digital technology in Rhetoric and Composition mostly focuses on individuals and shared social networks, but a geographical perspective can provide valuable insight into regional intellectual trends and reveal how shared subjects and practices have emerged from them. This textual document locates the project in its appropriate disciplinary and theoretical conversations, explicates project methodology, interprets what map patterns suggest about field history, and posits how the project may be extended. The project as a whole contextualizes the interactions between digital technology and collegiate composition education in a localized way, and it provides methodological and technical frameworks that Humanities scholars in multiple fields may use to create similar geographical visualizations for research and administration purposes.