Rhetoric and Composition, Disability Studies


Shannon Walters earned her PhD in English and Women’s Studies from Penn State University. She joined the Temple faculty in 2009 and teaches and researches in rhetoric and composition, women’s studies and disability studies. She is the author of Rhetorical Touch: Disability, Identification, Haptics (University of South Carolina Press, 2014). Her research interests also include technology studies, critical animal studies and graphic narrative.

Selected Publications

  • Rhetorical Touch: Disability, Identification, Haptics. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014.
  • “Towards a Critical ASD Pedagogy of Insight: Teaching, Researching and Valuing the Social Literacies of Neurodiverse Students.” forthcoming in Research in the Teaching of English
  • “Unruly Rhetorics: Disability, Animality and New Kinship Compositions.” PMLA 129.3 (2014): 471-477.
  • “Seeking, Playful Translators: Emotion, Difference and Connection in Human-Animal Relations.” JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, & Politics, 33.1-2 (2013): 336-351.
  • “Cool Aspie Humor: Cognitive Difference and Kenneth Burke’s Comic Corrective in The Big Bang Theory and Community.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 7.3 (2013): 271-288.
  • “Everyday Life, Everyday Death: Race, Gender and Third Wave Cultural Activism on Six Feet Under’s Online Fansite.” Feminist Media Studies 11.3 (2011): 363-378.
  • Autistic Ethos at Work: Writing on the Spectrum in Contexts of Professional and Technical Communication.Disability Studies Quarterly 31.2 (2011) .
  • “Animal Athena: The Interspecies Mētis of Women Writers with Autism.” JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, & Politics 30.3-4 (2010): 683-711.
  • “Toward an Accessible Pedagogy: Dis/ability, Multimodality and Universal Design in the Technical Communication Classroom.” Technical Communication Quarterly 19.4 (2010): 427-454.

Courses Taught

  • Engl 0802 Analytical Reading and Writing
  • Engl 2897/2831 Literacy and Society
  • Engl 2114 Social Issues in Literature
  • English/Women’s Studies 2197 Women in Literature
  • Engl 4196 Studies in Literacy
  • Engl 9400 Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Honors Special Topics 2900 Disability and Identity
  • Engl 8726 Advanced Study: Rhetoric and Composition