Dr. Ashley Rose Kelly is a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature—and an alumna—at the University of Waterloo, in Canada. She is an affiliated faculty member in The Games Institute and a member of the Science and Technology in Society Teaching Group at UWaterloo. She is also part of Genre Across Borders, an international, interdisciplinary, and open initiative to network researchers interested in genre theory. Previously she was a faculty member in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.
Kelly’s research examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. The objective of this research is to understand how different systems interact to include or exclude different stakeholder voices, and then to apply this work by providing alternatives for more inclusive approaches to scientific research and policy-making. Her research is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science), expertise and ethos in grassroots scientific research, expertise and expert networks, and biohacking and hacker participation in scientific research. Broadly, her research engages science communication, environmental communication, risk communication, science studies, and rhetoric of science and technology.
She has numerous articles and chapters on science communication either published or forthcoming, including in the journals Communication Monographs, Environmental Communication, First Monday, Rhetorica, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and POROI – Project On Rhetoric Of Inquiry. She has also published reviews in the journals Technical Communication Quarterly, Communication Review, and Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. In addition to her academic writing, Kelly has been a technical writer for Blackberry and a science writer for the Public Library of Science (PloS) Citizen Sci blog, Scistarter.com, and Discover Magazine Blogs.
Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at North Carolina State University, where she studied citizen engagement with technoscientific regulatory processes and crisis response. Her dissertation, Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research (directed by Carolyn R. Miller), explores how citizen scientists are using new genres of science communication to secure funding and support for their projects and disseminate results. This worked earned her a 2015 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication, the 2015 Joan Pavelich Award for the Best Dissertation from the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), and the North Carolina State University 2013-2014 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award.