Welcome! My name is Dr. Beau Pihlaja. I am an assistant professor in Technical Communication and Rhetoric with the Department of English at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
I have a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition Studies at UTEP. My dissertation, "New black boxes: Technologically mediated intercultural rhetorical encounters on the U.S.-Mexico border" explored the mediating effects of communication technologies on intercultural encounters in a bi-national company situated on the U.S.-Mexico border.
My research interests include intercultural technical and professional communication, technologically mediated professional and technical communication, cultural rhetorics, and materialist research methods and analysis.