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Profile: Melanie Yergeau

Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University  2011

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Composition and rhetoric, digital studies, disability studies, autistic culture, pedagogy

Secondary Interests

Feminist rhetorics, writing center theory and pedagogy, writing program administration, community literacy, digital activism, digital publishing


Journal articles

e.pluribus plures: DMAC and its KeywordsComputers and Composition. Casey Boyle, Stephanie Vie, Laura Micciche, Melanie Yergeau, Caroline Dadas, Janine Morris, Christian Smith, and Lisa Blankenship. 2015.

Disability Hacktivism
. In Hacking the Classroom: Eight Perspectives, curated by Jentery Sayers & Mary Hocks. Computers and Composition Online. Spring 2014. 

Clinically Significant Disturbance: On Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind. Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4. October 2013. (Received Honorable Mention for the 2015 Kathleen Ethel Welch Outstanding Article Award)

Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces. With Elizabeth Brewer et al. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 18.1. August 2013. (Winner of the 2014 Computers and Composition Digital Press Accessibility & Digital Composition Award)

Autism and Rhetoric. With Paul Heilker. College English 73.5. May 2011.

Circle Wars: Reshaping the Typical Autism Essay
. Disability Studies Quarterly 30.1. Winter 2010.

. Computers and Composition Online. Spring 2009. (Received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Kairos Best Webtext Award)

Expanding the Space of f2f: Writing Centers and Audio-Visual-Textual Conferencing
. With Kathryn Wozniak and Peter Vandenberg. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 13.1. Fall 2008. (Winner of the 2009 Kairos Best Webtext Award)

Invited essays

Creating a Culture of Access in Writing Program Administration [Saturday plenary address]. WPA: Writing Program Administration 40.1. Fall 2016, 155-165.

Access/ibility: Access and Usability for Digital Publishing
. Douglas Eyman, Cheryl E. Ball, Jeremy Boggs, Amanda K. Booher, Elkie Burnside, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Jason Dockter, Jay Dolmage, Traci Gardner, Sara Georgi, Hal Hinderliter, Susan Ivey, Michael Keller, Rachael Kelley, Sarah Kennedy, Rebecca Kennison, Pamela McClanahan, Alex Ries, Kassi Roberts, Melanie Schlosser, Karl Stolley, John Paul Walter, George H. Williams, Melanie Yergeau, and Sean Zdenek. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 20.2. 2016.

Creating a Culture of Access in Composition Studies
. With Elizabeth Brewer and Cynthia Selfe. Composition Studies 42.2. Fall 2014. 

Book chapters

Occupying Autism: Rhetoric, Involuntarity, and the Meaning of Autistic Lives. Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability. Eds. Pamela Block, Devva Kasnitz, Akemi Nishida, & Nick Pollard. Springer (pp. 83-95). 2015.
“Design” and “Production” [two micro-essays]. (2015). Keywords in Writing Studies. Eds. Paul Heilker and Peter Vandenberg. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.
Mine, Yours, and Ours: Developing Collaborative Relationships in the Academic Sphere. With Lorelei Blackburn. Metamorphosis: The Effects of Professional Development on Graduate Students. Eds. Andrea Davis and Suzanne Webb. Fountainhead Press, forthcoming.

Socializing Through Silence. The Loud Hands Project: Autistic People, Speaking. Ed. Julia Bascom. The Autistic Press/Autistic Self Advocacy Network. December 2012.

Reference book

Co-author with Brenda Brueggemann (lead author), Elizabeth Brewer, & Nicholas Hetrick. SAGE Reference Series on Disability: Arts and Humanities. SAGE Publications. 2012.


Opening an Invitation to Remix: Interviews with Kairos Best Webtext Winners. Susan Delagrange, David Reider, Madeleine Sorapure, and Melanie Yergeau. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 20.2. 2016.
Interviews with Melanie Yergeau, Beth Ferri, and Nirmala Erevelles. Interviews conducted by Allison Hitt and Bre Garrett. Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning, 14.1. 2014. 15-39.

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