Pile of unorganized stencils of alphabetic letters and numbers at a flea market in Paris, France.
Typography stamps and stencils organized in a wooden, divided container. Found in Paris, France flea market.

Typographic chaos and order in Paris flea market (2014)

In Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Negotiating Medical Uncertainty (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press), I explore four backstage scientific methods for evincing disease: visualization, assessment, synthesis, and computation. Each case study describes medical and scientific practice as a kind of quixotic empiricism that necessitates human, nonhuman, and computational partnerships. I challenge the fetishization of certainty by positing an ethic of care that honors human fragility and bodily flux.


Other ongoing projects include,

(1) Dignity and the Posthuman Patient Project (book project)

What is human dignity in the age of the posthuman patient? How do rhetorics of human dignity shape nonhuman things? How do nonhuman things shape human dignity and professional healthcare practices? This second book project includes, among other objects of study, a site-based investigation of contemporary biomedical practices among occupational therapists who collaborate with assistive technologies.


(2) New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality (book series, Ohio State University Press)

Barbara Biesecker, Wendy Hesford, and I invite proposals for monographs or edited collections for our co-edited book series that explores the suasiveness of material-discursive phenomena and the social-symbolic labor circulating therein. Here is the call.


(3) Precarious Rhetorics (edited collection with Wendy Hesford & Adela Licona)

Our edited collection couples materialist and rhetorical analytic frameworks with interdisciplinary understandings of precarity as a way to draw attention to and critique how people, environments, and things structurally condition de/valuation and the “slow death" of particular peoples and populations (cf. Berlant, 2007; Puar, 2010; Cacho, 2012).


Related publications include,

  • Teston, C. (2016). Rhetoric, precarity, and mHealth technologies. Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
  • Teston, C. (2016). Rendering and reifying brain sex science. In S. Barnett & C. Boyle (Eds.) Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things. University of Alabama Press.
Miscellaneous flea market finds organized and for sale within wire baskets placed on their side. Found in flea market in Paris, France.

Flea market miscellany in Paris, France (Feb 2014)

Only after becoming engaged with and a part of the very community and activities I study am I able to understand ways in which rhetoric (material-discursive phenomena) does work. In the classroom, therefore, I design learning experiences for students based on the philosophy that we learn best by doing. That is, I aim to facilitate a supportive classroom environment that encourages experiential, problem-based, collaborative learning. Below are a sampling of syllabi from courses I've taught in the last three years.


Rhetorics of Science & Medicine (graduate seminar)

Research Methods (graduate seminar)

Writing Controversies (graduate seminar)

Digital Protest & Online Activism (undergraduate digital media seminar)

Rhetoric & Community Service (undergraduate service learning course)

Crisis Communications (undergraduate professional writing seminar)

Business Writing (undergraduate professional writing course)


Blue, black, and white crosswalk sign in Paris, France. Has peeled off stickers and graffiti on top and a large street light behind it.

Parisian palimpsest (2014)

Christa Teston

Assistant Professor, English

Book Review Editor, Journal of Business & Technical Communication

Director, Business & Technical Writing Program


The Ohio State University

Department of English

506 Denney Hall

164 Annie & John Glenn Ave.

Columbus, OH 43210


(614) 292.6065 (o)

(614) 292.7816 (f)


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