Welcome! My name is Dr. Beau Pihlaja (/boʊ 'pihlaija/).
I am currently an assistant professor in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program within the Department of English at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
My research interests include intercultural technical and professional communication, technologically mediated professional and technical communication, cultural rhetorics, and materialist research methods and analysis.
My recently published article, "Inventing others in digital written communication: Intercultural encounters on the U.S.-Mexico border" (2020) discusses the mediating effects of communication technologies on intercultural encounters in a bi-national company situated on the US-Mexico border.
I completed a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition Studies at UTEP in 2017.