Kailan Sindelar is currently completing her Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design, from Clemson University. Her dissertation is titled “Rewilding with AR and VR: Facilitating Care with Photography in Immersive Apps” and is on pace to be completed by May 2022. Her dissertation uses a combination of feminist materialism and game analysis to study how care is facilitated between users and wildlife by designing around a photography game mechanic in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps. She has two publication acceptances, scheduled to publish in 2022, that come from her research on environmental communication in AR and VR.
Kailan has taught technical communication and other courses since 2017 and continues to do so at Clemson. She is also an Affiliate of the Clemson University's Virtual Reality and Nature Lab where she participates in interdisciplinary research using qualitative research methods. Her long-term goals are to direct her own lab at a university, which would partner with industries and local communities to study communication in AR and VR. Her research goals are to better understand and leverage environmental communication in emerging technologies to inform future designs through critical analysis, participant observation, and interviews.