Texas Tech University

Steven Holmes

Dr. Steve Holmes

Associate Professor

PhD, Clemson University
Office: 487
Email: steve.holmes@ttu.edu
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Steve started teaching at Texas Tech in 2019 after working for six years at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) as an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and a Faculty Affiliate in the Cultural Studies PhD program. His research areas include technical communication, ethics, social justice, and rhetorical theory. These areas further subdivide into virtue ethics, material and embodied rhetorics, posthumanism, queer theory and digital rhetoric (videogames and social media). Most recently, Steve has been exploring interconnections between ethics in research design and natural language processing (text mining and data analytics) as means of analyzing a variety of online informal (DIY) texts.

His ethics and social justice research in technical communication research has received national recognition, including the reception of the 2018 Nell Ann Pickett Award for the top article ("From Noob Guides") published in Technical Communication Quarterly in 2017. He won 2020 Nell Ann Pickett award again for "Queering Tactical Technical Communication" with Avery Edenfield and Jared S. Colton.


Steve is the author Procedural Habits: The Rhetoric of Videogames as Embodied Practice (Routledge, Fall 2017) explores philosophical and rhetorical conceptions of habit (hexis) as a lens to analyze the increasing alignment of habit and rhetoric in videogames, gamification, and algorithmic cultures in the present moment.

With Jared S. Colton, he has published Rhetoric, Technology, and the Virtues (Utah State University Press, Fall 2018), which engages past and contemporary approaches to virtue ethics for theorizing the rhetoric of social media.


For Steve's full CV, please visit his personal website: https://www.stevenkeoniholmes.com/

  • Rhetoric Review Symposium Issue: “Revitalizing Virtue Ethics in a Networked Age,” co-edited with John Duffy and John Gallagher. Contributors include Cagle Lauren, Steve Holmes and Jared Colton, Caddie Alford, Scot Barnett, John Gage, Lois Agnew, John Schilb, and Eric Leake. Fall 2018.
  • "Empty Templates: The Ethical Habits of Empty State Pages," with John Gallagher. Technical Communication Quarterly. Forthcoming 2018.
  • "From NoobGuides to #OpKKK: Ethics of Anonymous' Tactical Technical Communication," with Jared S. Colton and Josephine Walwema." Technical Communication Quarterly. 26.1 (2017): 59-75.
  • "A Social Justice Theory of Active Equality for Technical Communication," with Jared S. Colton. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 48.1 (2017); 59-75.
  • "Tracing Emoji Ecologies," with Kellie M. Gray. Computers and Composition (Summer 2018).
  • "Can We Name the Tools? Ontologies of Code, Speculative Techné and Rhetorical Concealment." Computational Culture's special issue on the Rhetoric of Code. Eds. James J. Brown Jr. and Annette Vee. 5 (2016). http://computationalculture.net/article/can-we-name-the-tools-ontologies-of-code-speculative-techne-and-rhetorical-concealment