Keshab R. Acharya

PhD

Keshab Acharya.

Keshab R. Acharya

PhD

Keshab R. Acharya

PhD

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Teaching Area: Technical Communication

Specialty/Research Focus:

Technical and Professional Communication, Engineering Ethics, Usability Studies, and Rhetorics of Health and Medicine

Biography Research Interests Teaching

Research Interests

My scholarship concentrates on the rhetoric of usability, inter/cross-cultural technical communication, localization, and social justice. My research project explores the extent to which localization usability is deployed in northern biotechnology that is used in the resource-constrained, underdeveloped countries such as Nepal. As my research suggests, adopting a social justice-oriented design approach to developing emerging technologies helps in building more just futures to which the technical and professional communication field is committed. Currently, I am working on a long project that investigates medical professionals’ communication practices from rhetorical perspectives in unpredictable, high-risk workplace environments (i.e., Emergency Department) in resource-constrained, underdeveloped countries such as Nepal.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

  • Acharya, K. R. (2019). Improving the Quality of Health Care through Human-centered Design: Contextualizing Design of Biotechnology Implementation for Better Health Care and Patient Safety. Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, 7(3), 1-9.
  • Acharya, K. R. (2019). Usability for social justice: Exploring the implementation of localization usability in Global North technology in the context of a Global South’s country. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 49(1), 6-32. doi:10.1177/0047281617735842
  • Acharya, K. R. (2018, August). Usability for user empowerment: Promoting social justice and human rights through localized UX design. In Proceedings of the 36th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication. Milwaukee, WI: ACM. doi:10.1145/3233756.3233960
  • Acharya, K. R. (2016). User value and usability in technical communication: A value-proposition design model. Communication Design Quarterly, 4(3), 26-34

Book Review

  • Acharya, K. R. (2020). Technical Communication After the Social Justice Turn. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. doi: 10.1177/0047281620906132
  • Acharya, K. R. (2015). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 29(4), 496-499. doi: 10.1177/1050651915588086