Christa B. Teston
Associate Professor and Director of Business and Technical Writing
506 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Medical rhetoric
- Rhetoric of science
- Deliberative rhetoric
- Disability studies
- Digital media studies
- Research methodologies
- Technical communication
- Community literacies
- Medical humanities
- PhD, Kent State University, 2009
Christa Teston studies how humans navigate uncertainty in technoscientific, biomedical and media-rich domains. Specifically, she researches the evidential backstage, or all the work that goes on behind the scenes when experts attempt to corral chaos. Her first book—Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Negotiating Medical Uncertainty (University of Chicago Press)—critiques the fetishization of certainty and advocates for an ethic of care that honors human fragility and bodily flux.
In addition to this site-based research, Teston also has expertise in research methodologies. She has co-edited (with Brian McNely and Clay Spinuzzi) a special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly focused on contemporary research methodologies in technical communication.
Teston serves as the department’s director of business and professional writing. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on how writing and rhetoric may be used to make more livable worlds.
With Wendy Hesford and Barbara Biesecker, Christa co-edits the “New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality” book series at The Ohio State University Press.
- Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Negotiating Medical Uncertainty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
- “Rhetoric, Precarity, and mHealth Technologies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 46.3 (2016):251-268.
- “Enthymematic Elasticity in the Biomedical Backstage.” In L. Walsh and C. Boyle’s Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric. 2017.
- “A Grounded Investigation of Genred Guidelines in Cancer Care Deliberations.” Written Communication 26 (2009): 320-340.
- “Rendering and Reifying Brain Sex Science.” In S. Barnett & C. Boyle (Eds.), Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2016.