John Gallagher

Assistant Professor


I research the ways that writers contend with interactive and participatory audiences on the Internet, including via user design. I teach technical writing, including search engine optimization, data visualization, visual rhetoric, interviewing techniques, document design, and digital rhetoric. I value students as holistic people and not a set of skills. 

Research Interests

I study the way writers contend with participatory audiences in the context of Web 2.0. I specialize in qualitative research methods; in particular, case study methodologies. I also draw on quantitative methods, such as web-scraping and computational analysis, to study online comments and participatory audiences. 

  • Writing Studies
  • Audience Theory
  • Web 2.0
  • New Media
  • Online Participatory Cultures
  • User design
  • Online ethics
  • Search Engine Optimization

Courses Taught

  • BTW 250
  • BTW 490
  • ENGL 582
  • ENGL 380
  • ENGL 482

Recent Publications

Gallagher, J., & Holmes, S. (2019). Empty Templates: The Ethical Habits of Empty State Pages. Technical Communication Quarterly, 28(3), 271-283.

Gallagher, J., Chen, Y., Wagner, K., Wang, X., Zeng, J., & Kong, A. L. (2019). Peering into the Internet Abyss: Using Big Data Audience Analysis to Understand Online Comments. Technical Communication Quarterly.

Yoritomo, J. Y., Turnipseed, N., Cooper, S. L., Elliott, C. M., Gallagher, J. R., Popovics, J. S., ... Zilles, J. L. (2018). Examining engineering writing instruction at a large research university through the lens of writing studies. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2018-June.

Gallagher, J. (2018). Monitoring and Managing Online Comments in Science Journalism. In G. Y. Agboka, & N. Matveeva (Eds.), Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication: Scholarly and Pedagogical Perspectives (ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication). New York: Routledge.

Gallagher, J. (2018). Considering the Comments: Theorizing Online Audiences as Emergent Processes. Computers and Composition, 48, 34-48.

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