Dr. Ashley Rose Kelly is Assistant Professor of Communication, Networks, and Innovation in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Dr. Kelly is also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies program. She is also part of Genre Across Borders, an international, interdisciplinary, and open initiative to network researchers interested in genre theory.
Kelly’s research examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. The objective of this research is to understand how different systems interact to include or exclude different stakeholder voices, and then to apply this work by providing alternatives for more inclusive approaches to scientific research and policy-making. Her research is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science), expertise and ethos in grassroots scientific research, expertise and expert networks, and biohacking and hacker participation in scientific research. Broadly, her research engages science communication, environmental communication, risk communication, science studies, and rhetoric of science and technology.
She has published several articles and chapters on science and environmental communication, including in the journals Communication Monographs, Environmental Communication, and First Monday. In addition to her academic writing, Kelly is a science writer for the Public Library of Science (PloS) Citizen Sci blog, Scistarter.com, and Discover Magazine Blogs.
Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at North Carolina State University, where she studied citizen engagement with technoscientific regulatory processes and crisis response. Her dissertation, Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research (directed by Carolyn R. Miller), explores how citizen scientists are using new genres of science communication to secure funding and support for their projects and disseminate results. This worked earned her the NC State 2013-2014 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award.
Before earning her doctorate, Kelly earned her B.A.(Hons) and M.A.(Co-op) in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her co-operative education placement during her M.A. was as a Technical Writer at Blackberry (formerly Research in Motion).
During the Fall 2014 term she is teaching Communication and Social Networks (COM 411) and a graduate seminar entitled Genre Theory (COM 674). In Spring 2015 Dr. Kelly will be teaching Communication and Social Networks (COM 411) again and a graduate course entitled Qualitative Methods In Communication Research (COM 585), which will attend carefully to online research and associated ethical questions.