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Call for Papers!

Special Issue: Discourse, Context, & Digital Dating

See CFP for details

Abstracts due by January 15, 2023

Scholarly Work

Thompson, R. (2022). “Reflective Approaches to Analyzing Digital Discourse.” In C. Vasquez (Ed.), Research Methods for Digital Discourse Analysis, Bloomsbury Press. 257-276.

Thompson, R. (2022). More than the selfie: online dating, non-monogamy, normativity, and linked profiles on OkCupidJournal of Language and Sexuality. 11 (1). 1-30.

Thompson, R. (2021). Using Social Media as a Source of Data and Community Building. Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World, edited by Trena M. Paulus and Jessica Nina Lester, 1st edition, SAGE Publications, Inc.

Thompson, R. (2020). English Language and Multimodal Narrative. In S. Adolphs & D. Knight (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. Routledge.

Thompson, R., & Collins, M. (2020). Disruptive practice: Multimodality, innovation and standardisation from the medieval to the digital text. In C. Tagg & M. Evans (Eds.), Message and medium: English Language Practices Across Old and New Media (pp. 281–305). De Gruyter Mouton.

Thompson, R. & McIlnay, M. (2019) Nobody Wants to Read Anymore! Using a Multimodal Approach to Make Literature Engaging. CLELE Journal, 7 (1).

Thompson, R. & Furman, R., (2018) From Mass to Social Media: Governing Mental Health in the Digital Age. Sinchronia. 22(73). 398-429.

Thompson, R. (2017). Writing through Comics. In A. Burger (Ed.), Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thompson, R. (2012). Screwed up, but working on it: (Dis)ordering the self through e-stories. Narrative Inquiry. 22(1), 86-104.

Thompson, R. (2012). Looking healthy: Visualizing disorder & wellness online. Visual Communication. 11(4). 395-420.

Thompson, R., Furman, R., Enterline, M., & Sharfi, N. (2012). Poetry, masculinities & disability. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 25(3). 105-114.

Furman, R., Enterline, M., Thompson, R., & Shukraft, A. (2012) Poetry matters: A case study for poetry in social work. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory & Practice 21(1), 5-17.

Thompson, R. & Lee, M. (2012) Talking with students through screencasting: Experimentations with video feedback to improve student learning. Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy 1(1).

Thompson, R. (2006). Bilingual, bicultural & binominal identities: Personal name investment, (bi)cultural identity negotiation & the imagination in the lives of first generation Korean-Americans. Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 5(3), 179-208.

Thompson, R. (2004). Trauma & the rhetoric of recovery: A discourse analysis of virtual healing journals of child sexual abuse survivors. JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory- Special Issue, Part 2: Trauma & Rhetoric, 24(3), 653-677.

Sociolinguistic Symposium 2021

Interviews & Podcasts

Nolan, S. (Host). (2022, November 16). An Academic Perspective on the Online Dating Industry.[Audio Podcast]. The GDI Podcast: Global Dating Insights.

Penna, S. (Host). (2022, March 14). More than the Selfie: Research Methodology with Online Dating Apps (No. 39). [Audio podcast episode]. NVIVO Podcast: Between the Data.

Cattanach, R. (2022, January 26). Social Media & Mental Health. (No. 33) [Audio Podcast Episode] In Learning More.

Moagi, T (Host). (2021, October 5). Relationships, Polyamory, & the Pandemic [Radio interview]. On POWER Up 98.7 South Africa.

Cattanach, R. (2021, June 2). Pandemic Dating & Online Dating. (No. 7) [Audio Podcast Episode] In Learning More.

Segran, E. (2020, November 6). Love, delayed. Vox.

Jackson, L. T. H. (2020, August 13). Exploring How Covid-19 Shifts Our Relationships [Webinar]. In Keeping it Real.

Goodwin, T. (2020, May 14). He’s Just Not That Into Zoom: Dating In Boise During COVID-19. In Boise State Public Radio News. Boise State Public Radio.

Interview with John Carlson. (2017, November 22). Fostering divergent opinions and encouraging free speech on campus. [Talk Radio KVI 570].

Articles & Blogs

What’s a polycule? An expert on polyamory explains. The Conversation. November 30, 2022

Powerful women heading up dating apps are framed as young and sexy. Orchard, T. & Thompson, R. The Conversation. October 17 2022,

Does it really empower women to expect them to make the first move? The Conversation. January 26, 2022.

Polyamorous Relationships under Severe Strain during the Pandemic. The Conversation. February 11, 2021,

Online dating and the politics of sharing explicit pics. Medium. April 11, 2020

Pandemic dating, humor, and selling the selfie in the online market. Medium. April 23, 2020

Pandemic Dating Practices & COVID-19. Medium. May 14, 2020.

From Plenty of Fish to Survival Dating. Medium. May 29, 2020

What pandemic dating can teach us about connecting during the time of Corona. Medium. August 11, 2020

College campuses are vital for critical conversations. The Seattle Times. November 10, 2017

Creative work

Thompson, Riki. (2017, October 27). Along the Way: A Digital Travelogue. Story Center.

Childhaven. (2014, August 29). Have You Met Olivia?

This spunky kindergartener is a lot like other kids, and her time at Childhaven is the reason why. Cartoon artist Riki Thomson teams up with Childhaven to share her inspiring story of hope in a completely new way.