Brenda Jo Brueggemann


Aetna Endowed Chair of Writing


Co-Editor of Disability Studies Quarterly.

Current Research

  • Posting Mabel: an epistolary biography of Mabel Hubbard Bell (Alexander Graham Bell’s deaf wife).
  • AktionT4: Economics,Euthanasia, Eugenics (a blog about the Nazi’s T4 program that exterminated over 240,000 people with disabilities):
  • Active & Accessible: Writing Moves for the 21st Century.  A multimodal writing textbook with Lisa A. Blansett and Alex Gatten.
  • The Aesthetics, Bioethics, and Rhetorics of Access in Art and Cultural Museums. Ongoing collaborative project with Rosemarie Garland Thomson (Emory University) and Georgina Kleege (Berkeley).  Engagement with, and multimodal analysis of, disability “access” and presence (whether transparent or opaque) in major art and cultural spaces.
  • The Cambridge History of Rhetoric.  Steven Mallioux and Lu Ming Mao, Editors.  Chapter on “Disability and Rhetoric.”
  • Disability and the Teaching of Writing (second expanded edition). Co-editing an updated and greatly expanded second edition of the 2008 “critical sourcebook” published with Bedford St. Martin’s.
  • MLA Options for Teaching: Disability Studies in Language and Literature.  Co-editing with Georgina Kleege and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson.
  • The Pandemic and Academics Writing Project. This project is currently a triangulation of three different narrative/writing projects all focused on academic writing during the global pandemic of 2020 (and beyond).

Her interest areas in research, service, and teaching include:

  • Teaching college writing
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Women in Higher Education
  • University and Community Engagement
  • Creative Nonfiction


    • Deaf Studies
    • Disability Studies
    • Disability art and creative expression
    • Universal Design (UDL) Multimodality and access to education
    • Captioning
    • Global Disability Issues
    • Disability and Human Rights


      Brenda Brueggemann
      Contact Information
      CV Brenda Brueggemann
      Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut
      Department of English
      215 Glenbrook Road, U-4025
      Storrs, CT 06269-4025
      Office LocationAustin 119
      Office HoursTu 3pm - 4:30pm, Th 2pm - 3:30pm, and by appointment (In-Person or Virtual)
      CoursesASLN / WGSS 3254