Doctoral English Students in English Publish on “Wikipedia’s Gender Gap and Disciplinary Praxis”

Posted on 12/14/2018 4:45:18 PM

PhD students John Andelfinger, Shahla Asadolahi, Wenqi Cui, Jialei Jiang, Inggrit Tanasale, and Ebenezer Ylonfoun (Composition and Applied Linguistics); Zeeshan Siddique (Literature and Criticism); and Tyrone Jones (Communications Media and Instructional Technology) recently published a co-authored article, “Wikipedia’s Gender Gap and Disciplinary Praxis: Representing Women Scholars in Digital Rhetoric and Writing Fields,” with Professor Matt Vetter (Composition and Applied Linguistics) in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics.

The article seek to interrogate Wikipedia’s gender gaps as they manifest in discipline-specific representations related to the academic fields of digital rhetoric and writing. Preliminary analysis of Wikipedia articles related to these fields demonstrates a severe lack of coverage, which, given these fields’ attention to digital literacies, should be improved. Employing a bibliometric method of citation analysis across five Wikipedia articles related to these fields, Vetter et al. examine and analyze the absence of cited research by non-male scholars. To address these content gaps, co-authors move beyond analysis to engage in acts of critical digital praxis within Wikipedia, editing the encyclopedia to improve representation of women and women’s research in digital rhetoric and writing. The collaborative authorship of this scholarly article began as a course project in Vetter's English 808: Technology and Literacy course.

The article can be read online.

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