Christa Teston

Christa Teston

Christa Teston

Associate Professor, English

164 Annie and John Glenn Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Medical rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of science
  • Deliberative rhetoric


  • PhD, Kent State University, 2009

/*-->*/ Christa Teston is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. She also directs the department’s Business & Professional and Technical Writing courses. Christa studies how humans navigate uncertainty in technoscientific, biomedical, and media-rich domains. Specifically, she researches the evidential backstage, or all the work that goes on behind the scenes when experts attempt to corral chaos. Her first book—Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Negotiating Medical Uncertainty (University of Chicago Press)—critiques the fetishization of certainty and advocates for an ethic of care that honors human fragility and bodily flux. She's currently working on her second book, which is focused on empirical investigations of human dignity in practice.

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