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JENNIFER MAHER

Areas of Interest: Rhetoric, Software Studies, and Technical Communication


Contact Information
Email: jmaher@umbc.edu
Office: PAHB 401
Office Number: 410-455-2040

Education
Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Iowa State University
M.A. in English, Miami University
B.A. in Latin and Classics, Miami University


Biography


Jennifer Maher, Associate Professor of English, teaches in the department’s Communication and Technology track and is an affiliate faculty member in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. program.

Maher has also published on topics such as free/open/libre documentation in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication and artificial rhetorical agents in the journal Computational Culture. She currently serves on the editorial board for Technical Communication Quarterly.


Books


Software Evangelism and the Rhetoric of Morality: Coding Justice in a Digital Democracy
Routledge, 2015

This study examines the layers of meaning encoded in code and the rhetoric surrounding it. In software development culture, evangelism typically denotes a rhetorical practice that aims to convert software developers, as well as non-technical lay users, from one platform to another. Maher argues that software evangelism, like its religious counterpart, must also be understood as constructing moral and political values that extend well beyond the boundaries of development culture.