November 18, 2022

Elena Kalodner-Martin, PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric, recently published a research paper titled, "(Un)housed and (Un)heard: The Power of Narrative in Reimagining Long-Term Crisis Communication" in the peer-reviewed proceedings for the 2022 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm). This paper draws from her experience working with Lex End Homelessness (LEH), a homelessness intervention and prevention campaign based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

Using twelve narratives collected from people in Lexington who have or currently are experiencing homelessness, the paper identifies how facets of these stories, such as embodied responses, emotional reactions, and experiential knowledge, can be used to reimagine long-term crisis communication in ways that are both effective and committed to justice.

Kalodner-Martin’s research is at the intersection of the rhetoric of health and medicine, technical communication, and feminist studies. Her dissertation theorizes patient narratives on social media as a form of technical and technological expertise. She currently teaches writing in the disciplines courses in the College of Information and Computer Sciences and the College of Engineering.