Monica is a PhD candidate and University Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago (all but dissertation status) and a previous visiting graduate student researcher at Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric. Her academic research in the history of rhetoric and visual studies explores the intersections between rhetorical theory and aesthetics in the Hellenistic rhetorical tradition, focusing on the rhetorical force of visual and imaginary images in theory and practice from Aristotle through the Second Sophistic. (James Elkins has written about her work on ekphrasis and phantasia in Writing With Images.)
Other academic work is centered around rhetorics of contemporary art and visual culture. Her essay “Too Too Much Much: Presence and Catastrophe in Contemporary Art” was published in Culture, Catastrophe, and Rhetoric: The Texture of Political Action (Berghahn Books, 2015). She has also written about environmental art and relational aesthetics for (and served on the editorial board of) the media & culture journal Transformations.
Current and upcoming academic publications and presentations:
"Aristotle and the lost nature of lexical energeia," submitted to Advances in the History of Rhetoric.
Presentation on Theophrastus and vegetal rhetorics for "The Nature of Rhetoric" panel, American Society for the History of Rhetoric conference, November 2016.
Recent academic publications and presentations:
Presenter and chair, "Visualization and Vivacity, Seeing and Knowing," Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, May 2016.
“Philostratus' Revisions of Platonic Mimesis,” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, May 2016.
Review of Kathleen Lamp's A City of Marble: The Rhetoric of Augustan Rome, forthcoming in Advances in the History of Rhetoric (2015).
Review of Anne Shepard's The Poetics of Phantasia: Imagination in Ancient Aesthetics, forthcoming in Rhetoric Society Quarterly (45:2, March-April 2015).
Presenter and chair, "Parrhesia and Sophistry: Foucault's History of Rhetoric in the Late Lectures," American Society for the History of Rhetoric at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2014.
“Energeia, Phantasia, and Rhetorical Presence in Aristotle,” Rhetoric Society of America Conference Research Network, San Antonio, May 2014.
"Theories of Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Theory," Theory/Post-Theory Conference, Berkeley Department of Rhetoric, April 2014.