Danielle Bacibianco

Dr. Danielle Bacibianco (former Bacigalupo)


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



Research/Teaching Interests: Rhet/Comp, Literacy Studies, Community Literacy, Activist Ethnography, Recovery Literacies, Recovery Storytelling, Digital Rhetoric, Public Rhetoric, Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Activist Pedagogy, Digital Storytelling Projects, Cultural Studies, Feminist and Gender Criticism and Queer Rhetoric, Queer Literacies, Queer Theory & LGBTQ+ Studies, Literary Journalism, Digital Humanities

Courses Taught at SJU: ENG 1100c – LITERATURE IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT, ENG 1040 – INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS WRITING, ENG 1006 – EFFECTIVE BUSINESS WRITING; Dr. Danielle Bacibianco’s Courses are LGBTQ+/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming Safe Zones; Featured in “10 Classes That Make Your St. John’s University Experience Even Better” by Dina Said

Danielle Bacibianco, Ph.D. graduated in May 2021, a month after defending her dissertation. Danielle was the selected graduate speaker for the 2021 St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Virtual Graduate Commencement.

Currently, Danielle is an Adjunct Associate Professor at St. John’s University as she continues her autoethnographic work. In Fall of 2022, Danielle will be co-facilitating the university-wide ACEI Teaching Fellows LGBTQIAP+ Course Content Development and Queer Representation in Curriculum Workshop, on behalf of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Interdisciplinary Minor at St. John’s University, with Dr. Lisa Robinson, who also recently graduated from the English Department’s Ph.D. program.

Recently, Danielle won the 2022 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship’s Dissertation Award for, “Queerstory of Recovery: Literacy and Survival in A.A.,” Prize for Dr. Danielle Bacibianco!. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is an association within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). As stated by the CCCC Selection Committee for this award:

Meticulously researched, Bacibianco’s work elegantly blends personal narrative of recovery with scholarship. By moving in and around the white, cisgender hegemonic narratives of Alcoholics Anonymous, the author was able to situate those narratives into the historical context from which they emerged, identify counter voices within AA, and offer a personal futurity of testimony by queering rhetoric, space, and narrative through their recovery podcast. The research, which infiltrates the sub-community of AA and further identifies the queer sub-community within, seems rhetorically relevant to other suppressive communities.

Danielle was announced as a recipient of the CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship’s Dissertation Award at the CCCC Awards Presentation during the 2022 CCCC Annual Convention in March.

Danielle continues to develop her research in the areas of writing studies, autoethnography, recovery storytelling, and community literacy studies through her dissertation. 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.

For more information about the CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, including past winners, see http://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/awards/lavender.


Since her time 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, CUNY BMCC, and NJCU.

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, the “Voices from Rock Bottom” 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 currently serves as the Caucus Historian for the CCCC Queer Caucus (follow Twitter: @4CQueers), and continues to serve 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, and the Stage Manager for SeaView Playwrights Theatre’s 2019 production of RENT. In December 2021, Danielle had her first directorial debut where she directed Gary Lennon’s play Blackout at SeaView Playwrights Theatre, a community story about an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting during the 1990s in NYC that takes place on Christmas Eve. During Fall 2023, Danielle will be taking the role as Stage Manager for SeaView Playwrights Theatre’s 2023 production of The Boys in the Band. Additionally, Danielle continues to serve as a house manager for SeaView Playwrights Theatre, and has previously as a board member for Hemlock Theatre Co.

Contact: @DrProfB (Twitter/Instagram)

E-mail: dbacibianco@gmail.com