about me

I am a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition at Purdue University, researching at the intersection of technical communication and game studies.

I earned a Master of Technical Communication from Utah State University, as well as undergraduate degrees in history and professional and technical writing. I worked as a technical communicator in industry before pursuing a doctorate. I have written and designed successful grants, proposals, inquiries, white papers, infographics, manuals, brochures, resumes, and presentations; I have worked as an editor, grant writer, department trainer, and business manager. All have given me valuable experience and insight into industry.

Gaming is a passion of mine, and years of questioning my place within gaming communities led to a robust research agenda exploring identity, peripherals, platforms, and community. I currently focus on the role game controllers play in reifying conceptions of who is welcome (and who isn’t) within game spaces. Game controllers are often a backburner conversation, sidelined due to hardware being a literal periphery to video game content. Their importance is understated, and my work seeks to address that.

I have presented my research at regional and national conferences, including Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA), Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), and Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).

Image of Victoria at a conference, wearing a grey dress with her brown hair straight and hanging loose around her shoulders. She is sitting on a chair and there are conference attendees visible in the background. Her laptop is on her lap and both hands are on the keys. She is laughing and looking away from the camera.

Currently Playing

Starfield, Fallout 76, Stardew Valley, Phasmophobia, Disney Speedstorm, snake.io

Updated October 9, 2023

I study and work at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, which sits on the ancestral homelands of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Peoria, Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Kaskaskia, Wea, and Myaamia (Miami) People. They are the past, present, and future stewards of this land.