Norma Lourdes Coto

Norma Lourdes Coto

Norma Lourdes Coto

Rhetoric of Health and Medicine; embodiment; materiality; wearables

Norma (aka Normi) is the Arts and Sciences Program Director at the Northern Virginia campus of ECPI University [East Coast Polytechnic Institute]. Besides her program director responsibilities, she also teaches Composition, Advanced Composition, Principles of Communication, Essentials for Success, and the Arts & Sciences Capstone course. Her dissertation will contribute to the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine field of inquiry as she explores how embodied rhetoric and materialities help us understand non-normative health practices. Outside of work and academic studies, she is a running nut with her eyes set on conquering her first ultramarathon (if she can stay injury-free).

Selected Publications

  • Smith, N. (2019). Jay Timothy Dolmage. Disabled upon arrival: Eugenics, immigration, and the construction of race and disability. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2018. 177. ISBN 978‐0‐08142‐5467‐7. World Medical and Health Policy, 11(4), 474–475.
  • Smith, N. (2018). Technology and Ethical Behavior in Running Sports: An Actor-Network Theory Perspective. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD), 10(3), 27-40. doi:10.4018/IJSKD.2018070102
  • Smith, N. (2016). Hallenbeck, S. (2016). Claiming the bicycle: Women, rhetoric, and technology in Nineteenth-Century America.
  • Smith, N. (2016, September). Online Communication of Obstetric Hospital Websites: Analyzing Presence and Absence to Rethink Audience. In Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication (p. 37). ACM.


Doctoral Candidate in Writing and Rhetoric - George Mason University

Masters in English - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor in Englsih - Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida