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Melissa Stone


Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

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My research focuses on technical rhetorics, material feminist theories, and on the innovation and use of reproductive and sexual healthcare technologies. My in-progress dissertation project addresses the rhetorical and material implications of menstrual healthcare technologies. In my dissertation I employ a material feminist analysis to illustrate how menstruating bodies are mediated and coproduced through technologies and practices that are predicated on models of efficiency and productivity. The overarching objectives of my dissertation include the advancing of material feminist rhetorics and social justice approaches to technical communication, informing rhetoricians and technical communicators about the importance of menstrual healthcare, and expressing the need for more inclusive technological designs and instructional compositions. My solo and co-authored published work has appeared in PeithoMAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, and Reflections. All of these research projects, in different ways, explore the real-world potential for rhetorical studies of science and technology through radically inclusive feminist research practices and methodologies.


Peer Reviewed Articles

Stone, M., Ranade, N., Hannah, M. (2020). “DIY Feminist Pedagogies: Making Feminist Practices More Apparent in Technical Rhetorics Classrooms.” Focus Issue: Feminist Pedagogies. MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture.

Stone, M. (2019). “‘Like regular underwear, but so much better.’: How Thinx Can Create Feminist Embodied Subjects through the Enduring Legacy of OBOS.” Special issue: Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy. Peitho, 21.3.

Peer-Reviewed Multimodal Texts

Stone, M. & Beare, Z. (2020). “Infographic and Keywords Statement on Technical Rhetorics and Reproductive Justice, Reproductive Rights, and Reproductive Health.” Special Issue: Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice in Public and Civic Contexts. Eds. Maria Novotny, Lori Beth De Hertogh & Erin Frost. Reflections, 20 (2), 19-25.

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Pigg, S., Hannah, M., Stone, M. (2018). “Teaching Information Design that Emphasizes Data: Revisiting Professional Writing Outcomes and Assignments.” SIGDOC ’18 Proceedings of the 36th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication: Article No. 4.


International Conferences

Glover-Rijkse, R. & Stone, M. (Oct. 2020). “Mobile Safety Apps: A Feminist Material Orientation to Precarious Mobilities.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference. Online.

Stone, M. (Oct. 2019). Student Research Competition Poster: “Period Proof Tech: Wearable Menstruation Technology and Feminist Rhetorical Action.” SIGDOC ACM International Conference. Portland, O.R.

Ranade, N., Hannah, M., and Stone, M. (Oct. 2019). “Rethinking UX & Usability: Addressing Communication Boundaries with TPC Stakeholders at SAS Institute.” SIGDOC ACM International Conference. Portland, O.R.

Pigg, S. Hannah, M., Stone, M. (Aug. 2018). “Teaching Information Design that Emphasizes Data: Revisiting Professional Writing Outcomes and Assignments.” SIGDOC ACM International Conference. Milwaukee, W.I. (Virtually Attended).

National Conferences

Stone, M., Pigg, S., Hannah, M., Ranade, N., and Frost, E. (Nov. 2019). “Everyday Practices that Enable the Production of Spaces for Feminist Alliance.” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, V.A.

Stone, M. (March 2016). “Menstrual Meditations: Challenging the Menses Stigma Through Social Media.” PCA National Conference. Seattle, W.A.

Regional Conferences

Stone, M. (April 2019). “What’s Old is New: Menstruation Tracking Apps and the “Pull Out Method.” Gender, Bodies & Technology Graduate Student Conference. Roanoke, V.A.

Stone, M. (April 2019). “Productions of Pleasure: Vibration Technologies and Feminine Coded Bodies.” Carolina Rhetorics Graduate Student Conference. Raleigh, N.C.

Facilitated Workshops

Stone, M. (April 2020). “Taking Action: How Feminist Methodologies Inform the Social Justice Turn in TPC.” TCA SpeedCon. Raleigh, N.C.

Stone, M., Pigg, S., Frost, E., and Hannah, M. (March 2019). “Operationalizing Apparent Feminism in Online, Offline & Hybrid Spaces.” CRDM Symposium. Raleigh, N.C.

Guest Lectures & Invited Talks

Stone, M. (Oct. 2020). “Centering Social Justice in Technical and Professional Writing.” Given virtually to Maria Novotny’s ENG 755- Issues in Writing Research. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Milwaukee, W.I.

Stone, M. (Nov. 2019), Seminar in Composition: Gender Studies : “Discussing the Pros & Cons of Thinx Underwear.” University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, P.A.

Stone, M. (May 2016). Girls Learn International : “Everyone Should Be Period Positive!” Hoggard High School. Wilmington, N.C.


Dissertation (in-progress): Technoscientific Menstruation: Technical Rhetorics, Material Feminism, and Menstrual Healthcare | Committee: Dr. Stacey Pigg (Chair), Dr. Zachary Beare, Dr. Nicholas Taylor, Dr. Jordynn Jack (UNC- Chapel Hill)



B.A. Communication Studies University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2008

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Women's and Gender Studies University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2016

M.A. English University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2016

Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media North Carolina State University 2021