Stephanie Kerschbaum

English, University of Delaware

Stephanie Kerschbaum (B.A. The Ohio State University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) conducts research focused on diversity issues and the teaching of writing. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Delaware where she teaches writing, rhetoric, and composition theory in the University of Delaware Writing program and special topics courses. She is a Faculty Scholar affiliated with UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity. She also teaches undergraduate courses on diversity and higher education and teaches graduate seminars in composition theory and pedagogy.

Professor Kerschbaum is a 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellow for the American Association of University Women. Before coming to Delaware in 2008, she was an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University.

Her book, Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference, was published in 2014 as part of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series published by NCTE and was awarded the 2015 Advancement of Knowledge Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The book makes an argument for a new way of understanding how difference circulates and takes shape within writing classrooms, one that is dynamic, relational, and emergent through developing interpersonal relationships, and has been reviewed in Disability Studies Quarterly and Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning.

She is currently working on a project focused on narrative and disability disclosure. she received several grants to support her disability scholarship and activism, most recently a 2014-15 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the AAUW’s American Fellowships Program. She has also received a collaborative Research Initiative Grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and individual grants from UD’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and  UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity.