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Alison Quaggin Harkin

Instructor for the Department of English

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Alison Quaggin Harkin began teaching at the University of Wyoming in fall 2010. In addition to teaching professional writing courses for English, she teaches for Gender & Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, and the Synergy Program. She has also worked in the UW Writing Center. Her research interests include life narratives of people considered intellectually disabled, disability and mothering, and autoethnographic research and writing.


M.A., Athabasca University (Cultural Studies)

B.A., University of Toronto (English)

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Technical Writing in the Professions

Introduction to Women’s Studies

Gender and Society

Introduction to Disability Studies

Disability Studies Theory and Practice

Gender and Disability

Synergy Program First-Year Seminar

Selected Publications/Awards

Harkin, Alison Quaggin. Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability (co-edited volume with Michelle Jarman and Leila Monaghan). Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2017.

Harkin, Alison Quaggin. “‘Disabling’ Motherhood in 1914 and 2014: Two Autoethnographic Tales,” in The Mother-Blame Game. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2015.

Governor General of Canada Gold Medal (awarded for high achievement in graduate studies), 2010.

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