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Department of

Alison Quaggin Harkin

Instructor for the Department of English
M.A., Athabasca University (Cultural Studies)
B.A., University of Toronto (English)
Crane Hall 353


ENGL 4010, Technical Writing in the Professions

ENGL 1080/WMST 1080, Introduction to Women’s Studies

Conference Papers:

“‘Fit,’ ‘Unfit,’ and ‘Resistant’ Mothering of Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Eugenics Movement to the Present,” Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood Conference (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement), May 10-12, 2012, Toronto, Ontario

“Poetic (Re)Creations of Developmental (Dis)Ability,” 16th Annual Shepard Symposium for Social Justice, March 28 to 31, 2012, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

“Mother and Child (Re)writing: Shared and Shifting Subjectivities in Co-created Autoethnography,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 10–13, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia

“A Will to Tell: Retelling the Experience of (Dis)abling Motherhood and Childhood Through Co-created Autoethnography,” International Conference on Motherhood Activism, Advocacy, Agency (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement), May 12–24, 2011, Toronto, Ontario 

“(Dis)abling Motherhood: Alternatives to the ‘Overcoming’ Narrative for Mothers of Children Labeled Developmentally Disabled,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 11–14, 2010, Denver, Colorado 

“‘That’s the Way It Should Be’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Past and Present Discourses About Developmental Disability,” Language, Culture and History Conference, July 1–2, 2010, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

“‘So I made myself’: Exploring Poetic Life Narratives of a Child with a Developmental  Disability,” Narrative Matters 2010 Conference, May 20–23, 2010, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Papers in Preparation

“Bridging the Chasm:  Finding a Way to the Autobiographies of Those Labeled Intellectually Disabled”

“Captive Rebel:  A Poststructural Feminist Analysis of Mary Kingsley’s Victorian-era Travel Writing”

Book Review

“Motherhood Online,” Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Issue 3.1, 2012

As a professional editor who is also an instructor for the Department of English, I am able to do what I enjoy most: share with students the pleasures of writing and learning.

Major Research Interests:

My primary research interests are writing as a methodology for learning, feminist and poststructural analysis of narratives by people labeled developmentally disabled, feminist mothering, social constructions of developmental disability, and women’s autobiographical writing.

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