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Melissa Guadrón

Melissa Guadrón

Melissa Guadrón

PhD in English Student


513 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric of health and medicine
  • Disability studies
  • Technical communication
  • Research methodologies


  • MA, English, SUNY Albany, 2015
  • BA, English and Psychology, SUNY Albany, 2013

Melissa Guadrón is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy studies program. Her interdisciplinary work is located at the nexus of rhetoric, disability studies and technical communication. She investigates how we navigate precarious rhetorical situations, especially those in which we are called on to collaborate, self-disclose or care for others. Her dissertation research focuses on interprofessional communication and simulation-based learning in healthcare contexts, with a special focus on the practices of social workers. Additionally, she is co-primary investigator for the Human Dignity Project.

During her time as the president of the Graduate Association of Mental Health Action and Advocacy (GAMHAA), she led an initiative to install Ohio State’s first permanent Quiet Room (Denney Hall 507) in partnership with the English Department, Disability Studies Program, and community partners M+A Architects. Currently, she serves as the President of the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association (DSGSA).

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