Jay Dolmage

Associate Professor

Jay Dolmage

*On sabbatical July 1/17 to to June 30/18

PhD, Miami University of Ohio
MA, Windsor
BA, British Columbia

Extension: 31035
Office: HH 224


I have a lovely partner named Heather, a dog named Tito, and three hilarious children named Vern, Frannie, and Murphy. I am committed to disability rights in my scholarship, service, and teaching. My work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies, and critical pedagogy. My first book, entitled Disability Rhetoric, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2014. I am the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Selected publications

"Disability and Rhetoric." Cambridge Companion to Disability Studies. Eds. Clare Barker and Stuart Murray. Forthcoming 2015.

"Eugenic Explosions: Technologies of Racialization and Disablement." Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Forthcoming 2014.

"Framing Disability, Fixing Race: Photography as Eugenic Technology." Enculturation. Forthcoming 2014.

Dolmage, Jay and Dale Jacobs. “Difficult Articulations: Comics Autobiography, Trauma and Disability.” The Future of Text and Image. Ofra Omahay and Lauren Walsh, eds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2012. 69-92.

Reynolds, Nedra and Jay Dolmage. The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing 7th Edition. Boston: Bedford St, Martin’s Press, 2011.

“Disabled Upon Arrival: The Rhetorical Construction of Race and Disability at Ellis Island.” Cultural Critique. Winter 2011.

“Metis, Metis, Mestiza, Medusa: Rhetorical Bodies Across Rhetorical Traditions.” Rhetoric Review 28.1 (January 2009): 1-28.

Fellowships & awards

  • SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Insight Grant 4A Funding 2014-2015, "Deformed Idiots to be Deported."
  • University of Waterloo Faculty Outstanding Performance Award, 2013.
  • Disability History Association Best Article Award, 2013. Disabled Upon Arrival: The Rhetorical Construction of Race and Disability at Ellis Island.” Cultural Critique 77 (Winter 2011). 24-69.
  • Theresa J. Enos Award, best essay in the journal Rhetoric Review, 2011 for “Octalog 3: The Circulation of Discourse Through the Body.”
  • SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Insight Development Grant 2011-2013, "A White Man's Country."
  • Theresa J. Enos Award, best essay in the journal Rhetoric Review, 2006, for “Breathe Upon us an Even Flame: Hephaestus, History and the Body of Rhetoric.” Rhetoric Review. 25.2. (Spring 2006): 119-140.

Current research

I am currently completing two new book projects: Academic Ableism, which examines the roots and branches of eugenics in North American higher education; and Disabled Upon Arrival, which examines the rhetorical co-construction of categories of race and disability through turn-of-the-century immigration promotion and restriction.

I am also working on an ongoing basis to develop teaching materials, resources, and ideas that would make classrooms more accessible for all students. For instance, I am Chair of the College Composition and Communication Committee on Disability Issues, I serve on the Ontario ROAM advisory council exploring the accessibility on online teaching materials, and I have traveled extensively to give workshops on the Universal Design of teaching and learning.

Areas of graduate supervision

  • Rhetorical theory & History
  • Composition theory & Pedagogy
  • Disability studies
University of Waterloo

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