Christa B. Teston

Christa B.  Teston

Christa B. Teston

Andrea Lunsford Designated Associate Professor of English; Vice Chair of Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies; and Director of Business and Technical Writing

506 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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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.

Selected Publications

Curriculum Vitae


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