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Sara DiCaglio

Sara DiCaglio
Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Theory
  • Science Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Disability Studies
  • Contemporary
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Rhetoric
  • Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Medicine and Health
  • Environment
  • Technical Writing
  • 20th-Century American
  • Science
  • (979) 845-2773
  • LAAH 383
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Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2016

M.A., Hunter College, 2010

M.F.A., University of Michigan, 2008

A.B., Harvard College, 2006


Sara DiCaglio an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her interdisciplinary research is situated in the fields of rhetoric of health and medicine, feminist science studies, disability studies, feminist theory, and health humanities. Her work is broadly interested in the intersection between health and environment through the concept of incompletion, asking questions about when knowledge of the body’s partial relations and processes becomes a part of broader discourse about embodiment through sites such as atmospheric rhetorics, olfaction, and brain fog. She is currently working on a book project entitled Tracing Loss: Feminist Anatomies of Reproductive (Un)endings, which explores the positioning of reproductive loss in scientific and cultural definitions of pregnancy. Her teaching includes courses that explore topics such as graphic medicine, rhetoric of health and gender, pandemic writings, rhetorics of style, and writing pedagogy.

Research Interests

Dr. DiCaglio’s Scholars@TAMU Profile

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Gender Studies
  • Medical Humanities
  • Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
  • Science Studies
  • Writing Pedagogy

Honors and Awards

  • Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar–Texas A&M University, 2022
  • Arts & Humanities Fellowship–Texas A&M University, 2021


  • “Breathing in a Pandemic: Covid-19’s Atmospheric Erasures.” Configurations, vol. 24, no. 4, 2021, pp. 375-387.
  • “Our Viral Companions.” SFRA Review, vol 51, no. 1, Winter 2021, pp. 70-77.
  • “Placental Beginnings: Reconfiguring Placental Development in Feminist Theory.” Feminist Theory, vol. 20, no. 3, 2019, pp. 283-298.
  • “Staging Embryos: Pregnancy, Temporality, and the History of the Carnegie Stages of Embryo Development.” Body & Society, vol. 23, no. 2, 2017, pp. 3-24.

Book Chapters

  • “Covid AND Environmental Atmospheres: Pulmonary Publics and Our Shared Air.” in Jennifer Malkowski, Allison Rowland, and Emily Winderman (Eds.) COVID, AND… Perspectives at the Intersections of Disease and Rhetoric. Michigan State University Press, September 2023.
  • “Towards an Olfactory Rhetoric.” in A. Abby Knoblauch and Marie E. Moeller (Eds.) Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice. Utah State University Press, April 2022.

Edited Special Issues of Journals

(with Lori Beth De Hertogh). Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy. Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, vol. 21, no 3, 2018.