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English|Department of

Alison Quaggin Harkin

Instructor for the Department of English

M.A., Athabasca University (Cultural Studies)
B.A., University of Toronto (English)

aharkin@uwyo.edu
Hoyt Hall 409

Teaching:

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.

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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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