Sally Spalding is a Ph.D. student in rhetorical studies. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Southwestern University (2009) and a M.A. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University (2012). Past research includes the biopolitical nature of national discourses of vulnerability, the regulation of bodies and space through state and medical surveillance, and coalition politics. Current research continues to address these themes in addition to theories of pathos and citizenship. Her current dissertation project investigates the ways in which key provisions of the Affordable Care Act usher in a new era of medicalization and how the groups most affected by those changes--including trans rights and mental health advocacy organizations--employ appeals to pathos to resuture community and advance advocacy campaigns in response to the Act.