Allegra Smith

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Email Address:
allegra@gatech.edu

Overview

Pronunciation of Name:
uh-LAY-gruh SMITH
Personal Pronouns:
she, her, hers

Allegra Smith’s research in technical and professional communication explores how users’ multifaceted identities shape their experiences with digital tools, with a focus on access and equity. Her dissertation, Digital Age: A Study of Older Adults’ User Experiences with Technology, received the 2021-22 Hugh Burns Best Dissertation Award from Computers & Composition. Her scholarship has appeared in Technical Communication; Communication Design Quarterly, the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice; and edited collections from Routledge and the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Clearinghouse. Before joining Georgia Tech, Smith was an assistant professor of English at Jacksonville State University, where she taught courses in technical writing, public speaking, and social media. She received the university’s Campus Technology Award and multiple grants from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education for her innovative teaching — including a digital studio course that assembled teams of students to produce social media content for a statewide workforce engagement campaign. 

Education:
  • PhD, Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University
  • MA, Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Michigan State University
  • BA, Professional Writing, Women's and Gender Studies, Michigan State University
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Accessibility
  • Age Studies
  • Design Of Communication
  • Digital Rhetoric
  • Disability Studies
  • Feminist Research Methodologies
  • Online Writing Instruction
  • Rhetoric And Composition
  • Technical And Professional Communication
  • Usability
  • User Experience
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Writing Studies

Interests

Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media
  • Literacy Studies
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Wicked Problems
Issues:
  • Gender
  • Accessibility
  • Aging
  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Humanities
  • Disability
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice
  • Intergenerational Issues
  • Internet Studies
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Queer Studies
  • Technology
  • Usability

Courses

  • LMC-3206: Communication and Culture

Recent Publications

Journal Articles