Accessing This Site

This website is designed to be as accessible as possible for all users. If you notice any elements of the site that you can’t access well, please let me know by leaving a comment. I appreciate your feedback.

The banner image, which appears across the top of all pages, shows a white paper sculpture which is cut and folded into a shape that looks like a long, curving mollusk-type creature. It is suspended in a dense tangle of green leaves. Paper sculpture by Dan Price. Photograph by Margaret Price.

Access Statement for Presentations

When I give presentations, I generally begin with an access statement. This statement aims to present access as, in the words of Tanya Titchkosky, a “politics of wonder”–that is, something we can notice and question together, and something that will arise from the “interpretive relations” between our bodyminds. Because I am often asked to share my access statement, I’ve decided to put it on the front page of this site, so that folks can adapt it for their own purposes. If you wish to cite it, I first used it (so far as I can remember) at the 2009 Society for Disability Studies Conference, as part of the plenary session “We Sing the Queer/Crip Electric: Disabled Writers Explore Presence Through Time, Space, and Memory.” You can also just cite it from this website.

Here’s a link to the statement as I usually deliver it.

My Bio

I’m an associate professor of English at The Ohio State University, specializing in disability studies and rhetoric/composition/literacy.

My book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (University of Michigan Press) won the Outstanding Book Award from CCCC. Katie Rose Guest Pryal in the Chronicle of Higher Education calls Mad at Schoolthe book about mental health and higher education.” Reviews, annotations and commentary have appeared in College Composition and Communication; the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database; Disability Studies Quarterly; Hypatia; the Social Science Research Network; and Composition Forum.

Other writing appears in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy; Hypatia; Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture; Inside Higher Education; Creative Nonfiction; College Composition and Communication; Profession; Disability Studies QuarterlyEnculturation; and other venues. I hold a PhD in rhetoric/composition from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Amherst College.

I’m now at work on a survey and interview study of disabled faculty and the politics of disclosure in higher education. My partners in this study are Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum (University of Delaware), Dr. Mark Salzer (University of Delaware), and Amber O’Shea (Temple University). I am also at work on a book about crip spacetime.

I like to wear interesting socks, am a near-constant knitter, am an active member of the Atlanta Peachtree Road Rollers, and have a five-pound dog named Ivy. You can contact me using my email from The Ohio State University.


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