Academics: Faculty

Margaret Price, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English (Rhetoric & Composition) Department of English

In the News: English Professor Receives Prestigious Book Award

Margaret Price, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, is the recipient of the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication Book Award for her book, Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life! Dr. Price was presented with the award at the 2013 CCCC Convention in Las Vegas, in March.

Exploring the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education, Mad at School! is a close study of the ways mental disabilities impact academic culture. Investigating spaces including classrooms, faculty meeting rooms and job searches, the book challenges readers to reconsider long-held values of academic life, including productivity, participation, security, and independence.

Contact Information:

308 The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane SW
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
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PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MFA, University of Michigan
BA, Amherst College


  • English 103 (First-Year Composition)
  • English 193 (Honors Composition)
  • English 286 (Research Methods in Writing)
  • English 287 (Argumentation)
  • English 384a (Rhetorics of Advertising) - Sustainable Spelman Initiative
  • English 391 (Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop)
  • English 453 (Writing in Professional Contexts)

Current Research:

Margaret Price’s research interests within rhetoric and composition include discourse analysis, disability studies, and digital composition. Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life was published by University of Michigan Press in 2011. Price also publishes scholarly articles, creative essays, fiction, and poetry in venues including College Composition and Communication, Profession, Disability Studies Quarterly, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Ms. magazine.

Recent Grants and Awards:

  • Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition
    and Communication (2013).
  • Spelman College Faculty Development Grant (2010)
  • Spelman College Junior Faculty Research Leave (2008)
  • Mellon Foundation Grant for Development of SpEl.Folio Project (principal investigator, 2006-2008)
  • Mellon Fellowship, Future of Minority Studies Project (2006)
  • Spelman College Faculty Development Grant (2005)

Recent Publications:

“Multimodality in Motion: Disability in/and Kairotic Space.” Webtext composed with Melanie Yergeau, Elizabeth Brewer, Stephanie Kerschbaum, Sushil Oswal, Michael Salvo, Cynthia Selfe, & Franny Howes. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy. August 2013.

“Defining Mental Disability.” The Disability Studies Reader, 4th ed. Ed. Lennard J. Davis. New York/London: Routledge, 2013. 292-299

“Disability Studies Methodology: Explaining Ourselves to Ourselves.”Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research. Ed. Katrina M. Powell & Pamela Takayoshi. New York: Hampton Press, 2012. 159-186.

Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life. “Corporealities” series. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011.

“‘Her Pronouns Wax and Wane’: Psychosocial Disability, Autobiography and Counter-Diagnosis.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 3.1 (2009): 11-33.

Access Imagined: The Construction of Disability in Conference Policy Documents.” Disability Studies Quarterly 29.1 (2009).

“Accessing Disability: A Nondisabled Student Works the Hyphen.” College Composition and Communication 58 (September 2007): 53-76.

“Writing From Normal: Critical Thinking and Disability in the Composition Classroom.” Disability/Teaching/Writing: A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Brenda Jo Brueggemann and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007. 56-73.

“Purpose, Audience and Engagement in Spelman College’s eFolio Project.” Handbook of E-Portfolio Research. Ed. Ali Jafari and Catherine Kaufman. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, 2006. 259-272.

Then You’ll Be Straight.” Creative Nonfiction 28 (2006): 84-101.

What You See Is (Not) What You Get: Collaborative Composing in Digital Space.”  Co-authored with Anne Bradford Warner.  Across the Disciplines.  Ed. Joan Mullin. 3 December 2005.