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  • Gruber, David and Walsh, Lynda (Eds). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science. London: Routledge. 2019.

  • Gruber, David. (contracted). Brain Art and Neuroscience: Neuro-Sensuality and Affective Realism. London: Routledge.
  • Journal Publications and Book Chapters

    Neurohumanities / Science & Rhetoric / New Media & The Body

  • Gruber, David. Forthcoming, 2020. "Toward a Critical NeuroArt in Critical Neuroscience," Leonardo.

  • Gruber, David. 2019. "There is no brain: Rethinking neuroscience through a nomadic ontology," Body & Society, online first, March.

  • Gruber, David & Harris, Randy. 2019. "Scientific Futures for a Rhetoric of Science: We do this and they do that?," POROI 14.2: 1-13.

  • Kalin, Jason & Gruber, David. 2018. "Gut Rhetorics: Toward experiments in living with microbiota," Rhetoric of Health and Medicine 1 3/4, 269-295.

  • Gruber, David. 2017. "Multiple Rhetorical Animals: Motivation and fairness in a paradigm of rhetoric as emotive consciousness." In K. Bjorkdahl / A. Parrish (Eds.). Rhetorical Animals: Boundaries of the human in the study of persuasion. Lexington Books. [Book Chapter]

  • Gruber, David. 2017. "Bodies in genres of practice: John Ulrich Bilguer's fight to reduce field amputations," Journal of Medical Humanities.

  • Gruber, David. 2017. "Three forms of neuro-realism: Explaining the persistence of the 'uncritically real' in popular neuroscience news." Written Communication 34(April), 189-223.

  • Gruber, David. 2017. "Experiments in rhetoric: Invention and neurorhetorical play." In: B. Scott / L. Melancon (Eds.): Methodologies in Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. New York: Routledge. [Book Chapter]

  • Gruber, David. 2016. "Suasive speech: A stronger affective defense of rhetoric and the politics of cognitive poetics," Language and Communication 49(July), 36-44.

  • Gruber, David. 2016. "Re-inventing the brain, revising neuro-rhetorics: Phenomenological networks contesting neurobiological interpretations." Rhetoric Review 35(3) 239-253.

  • Gruber, David. 2016. "The extent of engagement, the means of invention: Measuring debate about mirror neurons in the humanities and social sciences" Journal of Science Communication 15(2) A01.

  • Gruber, David. 2016. "Medicalization of the Post-Museum: interactivity and diagnosis at the Brain and Cognition Exhibit" Journal of Medical Humanities 37(1) 65-80.

  • Gruber, David. 2015. "Re-presenting academic writing to popular audiences: Using digital infographics and timelines" In: Chik, Alice / Costley, Tracey / Pennington Martha C. (Eds.): Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class. London: Equinox. [Book Chapter]

  • Gruber, David. 2014. "The (Digital) Majesty of All Under Heaven: Affective Constitutive Rhetoric at the Hong Kong Museum of History's Exhibition of Terracotta Warriors" Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 44(2).

  • Gruber, David. 2014. "Mirror Neurons in a Group Analysis Hall of Mirrors: 'Translation' as a rhetorical approach to neuro-disciplinary writing" Technical Communication Quarterly, 23(3).

  • Gruber, David. 2014. "From typing to touching: a review of writing with/in natural user interfaces" Writing & Pedagogy, 6(1).

  • Gruber, David. 2014. "New Materialism and a Rhetoric of Scientific Practice in the Digital Humanities" In: (Eds.) Bill Hart-Davidson and Jim Ridolfo, Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. University of Chicago Press. [Book Chapter]

  • Gruber, David & Daniel Howe. February, 2014. "Gesture / Language / Mirror: A research project and installation series exploring the mirror neuron and mirror therapy" The New Everyday, a media commons project.

  • Gruber, David & Jacob Dickerson. 2012. 'Persuasive Images in Popular Science: Testing judgments of scientific reasoning and credibility' Public Understanding of Science, 21(8).

  • Gruber, David. 2012. "The Neuroscience of Rhetoric and the Meaning of Identification" In: (Eds.) J. Jack. Neurorhetoric. Routledge, special collections. [Book Chapter]

  • Gruber, David & David Rieder. 2012. 'Tunnel Vision' (a new media writing project)., issue 09.

  • Gruber, David. October, 2011. "Bodies Without Skin: Feeling out of a ubiquitous future" Ctheory.

  • Gruber, David. April, 2011. "Theatrical Bodies: Acting Out Comedy and Tragedy in Two Anatomical Displays" Visual Communication Quarterly.

  • Gruber et al. January, 2011. "Rhetoric and the Neurosciences: Engagement and Exploration" POROI, 7(1).

  • Gruber, David. August, 2010. "From the screen to me, 1984-2008: computer television commercials and the human-computer relationship" Media History, 16(3).
  • Book Reviews

  • Gruber, David. 2017. "Let me count the ways: A review of Data Love by Roberto Simanowski," Information, Communication & Society June, p. 1-4.

  • Gruber, David. 2016. "(A Review of) 'American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History' by Jenell Johnson," Configurations 24(2) 263-265.

  • Gruber, David. 2015. "More than a mirror metaphor: Rethinking models of embodied cognition and motor systems--A review of Gregory Hickok's 'The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition,'" AJOB Neuroscience 6(3).

  • Presentations

  • Gruber, David. June 2018. Junior-Senior Scholar Discussion w/ Randy Harris, We do this and they do that? Futures for a Rhetoric of Science. Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis.

  • Gruber, David. March 2018. Epistemology and Rhetorical Methods. University of Seville, Seville, Spain (Invited Presentation).

  • Gruber, David. June 2017. Gut Rhetorics. Rhetoric Society of Europe. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

  • Gruber, David. April 2017. Neuroscience and Public Communication. A New Zealand Centre Fellowship Award Talk at Peking University, Beijing.

  • Gruber, David. June 2016. Suasive Speech: A Stronger Defense of Rhetoric and Futures for Cognitive Poetics. CogHumanities Conference, Helsinki, FI.

  • Gruber, David (w/ Jordynn Jack). June 2015, by invitation. Neuro-Rhetorics. Workshop Leader, RSA Summer Institute, Madison. University of Wisconsin Madison.

  • Gruber, David. April 2015. Mythologizing Mirror Neurons: Reflecting on Entwined Relations and Futures for the Neurohumanities. CogHumanities Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.

  • Gruber, David. May 2014. A Rhetoric of Scientific Practice in the Digital Humanities: New borders and a new pair of shoes in Rhetoric of Science. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. San Antonio, TX.

  • Gruber, David. May 2014. OOO + Neuroscience / Deleuze. A panel on Object-Oriented Ontologies in Rhetoric. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. San Antonio, TX.

  • Gruber, David. October 2013. Reflecting on Metaphors and the Multiple Realities of Mirror Neurons. Society for Social Studies of Science. San Diego, CA.

  • Gruber, David. June 2013. The (Digital) Majesty of All Under Heaven: Affective Constitutive Rhetoric at the Hong Kong Museum of History's Display of Terracotta Warriors. International Communication Association, London.

  • Gruber, David. May 2012. Rhetoric of Pain and the 'Objective Brain Phenotype for Pain.' Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

  • Gruber, David. May, 2012. Future of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine panel at Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

  • Gruber, David. January, 2012. Digital Tunnel Vision: Defining a rhetorical situation. Digital Humanities panel at the Modern Language Association. Seattle, WA.

  • Gruber, David. November, 2011. Our Children's Brains are Mutating: Neuro-Imaging and the Rhetoric of 'Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder.' Rhetoric of Science and Technology Division, National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA.

  • Gruber, David. July, 2011. The Dynamic of 'Neurorhetoric' and the Dynamism of Neuroscience. Emergences, Old Dominion University. Norfolk, VA.

  • Gruber, David. November, 2010. Future Discourse from the X-Ray to the fMRI. Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology at the National Communication Association Pre-Conference. San Francisco, CA.

  • Gruber, David. November, 2010. Invited Panel Respondent to Sherry Turkle's Invited Lecture. Computing and Communications Technologies: The Work-Life Connection. North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC.

  • Gruber, David. May, 2010. Decoding the Language of Brain Decoding. Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Grants and Awards

  • Fellow, The New Zealand Centre at Peking University, Visiting Fellowship Grant, 3,000NZD, 12/16-11/17.

  • Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Daniel Howe, 'Computational Creativity: Mirroring texts' Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fund, City University of Hong Kong, 45,000$, 8/13-12/14

  • Principal Investigator, 'Making Neuroscience Work Together: Comparative Study of Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Projects' City University of Hong Kong, Research Start-Up Grant, 20,600$, 2/13-2/15

  • Principal Investigator, 'Embodying Text: Teaching and learning in the Digital Humanities classroom with natural user interfaces' City University of Hong Kong, Teaching Development Grant, 6,000$, 12/12-12/13

  • Research Assistant, 'Assessing the Effectiveness of Directed Self-Placement for First-Year Writing Students' NC State University CHASS Scholarly Research Grant, 5,000$, 5/10-8/10

  • 1st Place in the Social Sciences Division, 2010 North Carolina State University Graduate Research Symposium, 'Decoding the Language of Brain Decoding'

  • Research Assistant, 'Speaking of Writing' Council of Writing Program Admin Research Grant, 2,000$, 8/08-12/08

  • Projects

  • Neuro-Human resource site

  • Gesture / Language / Mirror project

  • Tunnel Vision: A cybertextual interpretation of Mark Strand's 'The Tunnel' / HyperRhiz Project (w/ David Rieder)

  • Education

  • 2008-2012 - Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media - North Carolina State University

  • 2001-2003 - Master of Professional Writing - University of Southern California

  • Previous Appointments

  • 2015-2018 - Senior Lecturer at Massey University

  • 2012-2015 - Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong

  • 2008-2012 - Graduate Instructor at North Carolina State University

  • Courses and Seminars Taught

    Rhetorical Methods


    Rhetoric of the Body

    Introduction to Science & Technology Studies


    Digital Literacies

    Social Media Cultures

    Introduction to Digital Humanities

    Image, Text, Design: Digital Technical Writing

    Academic Writing Across the Disciplines

    Writing Studies for Science Students

    Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Poetry

    Written Commmunication for Information Sciences