Avery Edenfield

Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research

CIGSR Director; Associate Professor (he/him/his)

Avery Edenfield

Contact Information

Office Location: Logan (RWST 204C)
Phone: (435) 797-5791
Email: avery.edenfield@usu.edu
Additional Information:


Gender; sexuality; technology; social justice; cooperatives and collectives


I am an associate professor of rhetoric and technical communication in the Department of English at Utah State University. My research agenda works at the intersections of technical, cultural, and public rhetorics with attention to the technical writing strategies marginalized communities employ for self-advocacy, particularly in extra-institutional contexts. My work has appeared in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Technical Communication, Nonprofit Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Communication Design Quarterly. In the spring of 2022, I was appointed as the Inaugural Director for the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research. Through my work in technical communication and gender studies, I have mentored students on research projects around queer theory, feminist theory, community rhetorics, and similar adjacent topics.

Select Publications 

Alexander, J-J., & Edenfield, A. C. (2021). Health and wellness as resistance: Tactical folk medicine. Technical Communication Quarterly, 30(3), 241-256, https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2021.1930181

Edenfield, A. C. (2019). Queering consent: Design and sexual consent messaging. Communication Design Quarterly, 7(2), 50-63, https://doi.org/10.1145/3358931.3358938

Edenfield, A. C., Holmes, S., & Colton, J. S. (2019). Queering tactical technical communication: DIY HRT. Technical Communication Quarterly, 28(3), 177-191, https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2019.1607906