B.A. in English, St. John’s University
M.S. Ed. in Secondary Education English, CUNY College of Staten Island
M.A. in English, CUNY College of Staten Island
Ph.D. in English, St. John’s University (expected May 2021)
Research Interests: Rhet/Comp, Literacy Studies, Community Literacy, Activist Ethnography, Recovery Literacies, Digital Rhetoric, Public Rhetoric, Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Med Rhetoric, Disabilities Studies, Activist Pedagogy, Digital Storytelling Projects, Cultural Studies, Feminist and Gender Criticism and Rhetoric, Queer Theory & LGBTQ+ Studies, Digital Humanities
Teaching Interests: Recovery Storytelling, Digital Storytelling Projects, News Literacy, Literary Journalism, Literature in a Global Content, Dystopian/Utopian Literature, Socially-Just Pedagogy, Pop Culture, and Social Media Influencer Storytelling, Film/Cinema Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies
Courses Taught at SJU: ENG 1100c – LITERATURE IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT, ENG 1040 – INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS WRITING; Professor Danielle Bacigalupo’s Courses are LGBTQ+ Safe Zones
Danielle M. Bacigalupo is a Ph.D. candidate at St. John’s University, ABD status (currently dissertating, looking to defend early Spring 2021). As a doctoral fellow, Danielle has taught Literature in a Global Context to undergraduates and has also served as a photographer and graduate editor of the English Department blog. Prior to the Ph.D. adventure, Danielle earned a B.A. in English from SJU, an M.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from CUNY CSI, and an M.A. in English from CUNY CSI with which she taught middle school ELA before teaching in higher ed. As an adjunct, Danielle also has had experience teaching literature, FYW, and composition courses at CUNY CSI, BMCC, and NJCU.
Danielle continues to develop her research in areas of socially-just pedagogy, autoethnography, recovery activism, and community literacy through her dissertation. Her dissertation project in progress poses a study of recovery community literacy in and outside the borders of the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Through this research work, Danielle hopes to offer a counterstory to the hegemonic narrative of recovery, with a dedicated archive website and podcast. She begins her project with an autoethnography, discussing her positionality as an auto-ethnographic qualitative researcher, which is helping her frame this study of A.A. within the fields of community literacy, public rhetoric, and cultural studies. Danielle seeks to contribute to the argument that researchers who explore their own personal experiences can create pathways for critical discourse and offer new considerations about how a field should continue to be studied.
In May of 2018, Danielle founded “Voices from Rock Bottom”, a live-stream community digital storytelling project on alcoholism, addiction, and recovery produced by MakerParkRadio.nyc as part of her dissertation project. This digital storytelling project is filmed in a feminist maker space on Staten Island where alcoholics, addicts, and other recovery community members co-create inclusive stories of recovery. In April of 2020, that storytelling project became an official podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Podchaser, Listen Notes, and Buzzsprout. VFRB is Danielle’s way to give back to the community by doing activism, as she is a person in recovery herself. For more information on Danielle’s dissertation project, please check out the project’s archive blog www.voicesfromrockbottom.com and the podcast “Voices from Rock Bottom”. To the field, Danielle also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the CCCC Feminist Caucus, as the creative editor of their Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok sites (follow @CCCCFemCaucus).
For fun, Danielle has made her way back to the stage … as the Stage Manager for Hemlock Theatre Co.’s 2018 production of “American Idiot”, the Social Media Coordinator for SeaView Playwrights Theatre’s 2019 production of “Tommy”, the Stage Manager, and Lighting/Sound Engineer for Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre’s 2019 Summer Repertory of “Much Ado”/”Antigone”, the Stage Manager for SeaView Playwrights Theatre’s 2019 production of “RENT”, and Danielle will be directing Gary Lennon’s play “Blackout” at SeaView Playwrights Theatre once theatres resume from COVID-19 social-distancing regulations. Additionally, Danielle continues to serve the Staten Island theatre community as a board member for Hemlock Theatre Co.
Contact: @DJProfB (Twitter/Instagram), @VoicesfromRockBottom (Twitter/Instagram)