Current Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Writing, University of Texas at Austin

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Health Communication, University of Texas at Austin

Member, Medical Informatics Research Interest Group, University of Texas at Austin

Faculty Affiliate, Humanities Institute, University of Texas at Austin

Faculty Affiliate, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications

Graham, S.S. (forthcoming, 2022). The doctor and the algorithm: Promise, peril, and the future of health AI. Oxford University Press.

Graham, S.S., Majdik, Z.P, Barbour, J.B., & Rousseau, J.F. (forthcoming). Associations between aggregate NLP-extracted conflicts of interest and adverse events by drug product. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics.

Graham, S.S., Conway, F.N., Bottner, R., & Claborn, K. (2022). Opioid use stigmatization and destigmatization in health professional social media. Addiction Research & Theory. Online first:

Graham, S.S., & Hopkins, H.R. (2022). AI for social justice: New methodological horizons in technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly. 32(1), 89-102.

Graham, S.S., Majdik, Z.P, Barbour, J.B., & Rousseau, J.F. (2021). A dashboard for exploring clinical trials sponsorship and potential virtual monopolies. JAMIA (Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association) Open. 4(4), ooab089.

Graham, S.S. (2021). The opioid epidemic and the pursuit of moral medicine: A rhetorical-computational analysis. Written Communication. 38(1), 3-30.

Graham, S.S., Majdik, Z.P., Clark, D., Kessler, M.M., & Hooker, T.B. (2020). Relationships among commercial practices and author conflicts of interest in biomedical publishing. PLoS ONE 15(7), e0236166.

Graham, S.S. (2020). Where’s the rhetoric? Imagining a unified field. The Ohio State University Press.

Graham, S.S., Kim, S.-Y., Kessler, M.M, DeVasto, D.M., Card, D.J., Ahn, S., Olson, M.K., Roberts, L. (2016). Conflicts of interest among patient and consumer representatives to FDA drug advisory committees. Annals of Internal Medicine, 165(8), 606-607.

Graham, S.S. (2015). The politics of pain medicine: A rhetorical-ontological inquiry. University of Chicago Press.

Selected Grants and Fellowships

Graham, S.S. (Lead PI), Barbour, J.B., Rousseau, J.F., & Majdik, Z.P. A Network Science Approach to Conflicts of Interest: Metrics, Policies, and Communication Design. (1R01GM141476). National Institutes of Health. 2020-2024. Total funding awarded: $833,304.

Graham, S.S. Jetstream Cloud Server Start-Up Allocation. Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). PI. 2018-2019. Value: $7,445.

Graham, S.S. & Clark, D. Transparency to Visibility (T2V): Network Visualization in Humanities Research. Digital Humanities Advancement Grant. National Endowment for the Humanities. 2018-2020. Total funding awarded: $80,634.

Klaper, R. Evaluating alternative behaviors for pharmaceuticals and emerging contaminants. Argosy Foundation.  Subcontracted Investigator. 2015-2016. Total funding awarded: $50,000; Subcontract at $20,000.

Selected Invited Presentations

Graham, S.S. (2019). Opiophobia vs. Overprescribing: Competing Risks and the Pursuit of Moral Medicine. Center for the Humanities, University of New Hampshire.

Graham, S.S. (2017). Conflicted: Industry influence and guardians of public trust. Virginia Tech University. Blacksburg, VA.

Graham, S.S. (2016). Conflicted: Big pharma, drug money, and the FDA. Fall for the Book. George Mason University. Fairfax, VA.

Graham, S.S. (2016). Medical imaging, 1896-1996: Towards a historiography of black box formation. Department of Communication Arts. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, WI.

Graham, S.S., (2014). Rhetoric of Science. Ready, Set, Go/Mechanical Engineering. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL.

Graham, S.S., Keith, W., Johnstone, C., Kim, S-Y., Card, D., Kessler, M., Anderson, C. (2014). Innovation adoption following continuing education: A mixed methods pilot study of oncology-related meetings. Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Cincinnati, OH.

Graham, S.S. (2012). Neuroimaging and the reality of fibromyalgia: A study in disease discourse. National Core for Neuroethics. University of British Columbia Hospital. Vancouver, BC.

National Research Awards

Nell Ann Pickett Award for Best Article in Technical Communication Quarterly
Association for Teachers of Technical Writing, 2019
Awarded for “Terminal node problems: ANT 2.0 and prescription drug labels.”

Fellows’ Early Career Award
Rhetoric Society of America, 2016

Article of the Year Award
Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology, 2012
Awarded for “Dis-ease or Disease: Ontological Rarefaction in the Medical-Industrial Complex.”

Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication
National Council of Teachers of English, 2010
Awarded for “Agency and the Rhetoric of Medicine: Biomedical Bran Scans and the Ontology of Fibromyalgia.”

Nell Ann Pickett Award for Best Article in Technical Communication Quarterly
Association for Teachers of Technical Writing, 2009
Awarded for “Agency and the Rhetoric of Medicine: Biomedical Bran Scans and the Ontology of Fibromyalgia.”


PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication | 2010

  • Iowa State University | Ames, IA
  • Dissertation: Rhetorics of Pain: Agency and Regulation in the Medical-Industrial Complex
  • Dissertation Advisor: Carl G. Herndl

MA, Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication | 2006

  • Iowa State University | Ames, IA
  • Thesis: Towards a Dialogic Theory of New Media Literacy
  • Thesis Advisor: Michael Mendelson

BA, Philosophy | 2003

  • Eckerd College | St Petersburg, FL