Disability Studies

Rebecca Monteleone

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Assistant Professor, Disability and Technology


Phone: (419) 530 7259
University Hall 4420C

MS 920
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390


Disability and Technology; Science and Technology Studies; Crip Technoscience; Medical Technology; Feminist Disability Studies; Qualitative Research Methods; Intellectual Disability; Genetic Testing; Engineering Ethics; Global Issues in Disability Studies; Emancipatory and Participatory Research Methods;


2020 PhD Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Graduate Certificate, Gender Studies
2016 MA, The University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Intellectual and Developmental Disability (Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar
2014 BA, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Disability Studies
2020-present Assistant Professor, The University of Toledo


2022 Disability and Social Justice in Kenya: Scholars, Policymakers, and Activists in Conversation (anthology co-edited with Nina Berman). University of Michigan Press.
In Progress Working Title - Cure and Control: Disability, Authority, and Medical Technology in the 21st Century (Based on work viewable here)

Under Review

"Complexity as Epistemic Oppression: Writing People with Intellectual Disabilities Back into Philosophical Conversations"


With Amy Silverman and Beena Raghavendran, "Intellectual Disability and Epistemic Justice in Journalism: Reflections from a Pilot Project."


With Salah Hamdoun, Terri Bookman and Katina Michael, "AI-Based and Digital Mental Health Apps: Possibilities and Shortcomings" 


"'It's Not Easy Being Around that Kind of Sickness:' Intellectual Disability and the COVID-19 Pandemic." 


With Geovanna Rodriguez, Vidya Munandar, and Jenn Bumble. "Blurring the Boundaries: Reflections from Early Career Faculty during the COVID-19 Era." Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 59 (1), 1-6. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-59.1.1


"Forgotten Publics: Considering Disabled Perspectives in Responsible Research and Innovation" in Journal of Responsible Innovation, 7 (Sup 1). https://doi.org/10.1080/23299460.2020.1831366.


With Salah Hamdoun, Katina Michael, and Terri Bookman, "Assistive Technologies for Greatly Improved Quality of Life for People Living with MND/ALS." in IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. DOI: 10.1109/MCE.2020.3035523.


With Katina Michael, "'Microchipping People is a Bad Idea': An Interview with Andreas Sjostrom." IEEE Technology and Society Magazine,38 (2), 18-21. DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2019.2913066.


"Beyond Participation: Empowering People with Disabilities in Research and Design" in Technology and Innovation 20: 133-139.


With Mateo Pimentel, "The Privileged Bodymind: The Entanglement of Ableism and Capitalism" in International Journal of Economic Development 12/1: 63-81.


With Rachel Forrester-Jones, "‘Disability means, uh, dysfunctioning people': A qualitative analysis of the meaning and experience of disability among adults with intellectual disabilities" in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability 30/2: 301-315.


"Employment for All: United States Disability Policy" in Tizard Learning Disability Review 21/3: 154-161.

Selected Digital Media

What Makes Writing More Readable? (with Jamie Brewer), The Pudding. [Link]


Plain Language Summary and Translation, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally by Emily Ladau [Link]

*Note: Plain language uses clear, familiar language and simplified sentence structure to make professional writing more accessible to more people, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Plain Language Translation; State of Denial by Amy Silverman, ProPublica. [Link] (Finalist for Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics)
*Note: Plain language uses clear, familiar language and simplified sentence structure to make professional writing more accessible to more people, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act Easy-To-Read Booklet, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. [Link]

2019 Provide the Pencils, Don't Write the Story: Recommendations for Young Researchers, Opening Pathways Partner Toolkit. [Link]
2018 Have We Crossed the Rubicon? Disability and Contemporary Eugenics, Eugenic Rubicon: California's Sterilization Stories. [Link]


2019 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
2016-2018 National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
Alliance of Person-Centered Accessible Technologies

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
US-UK Fulbright Commission, University of Kent

Editorial Experience

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Consulting Editor, 2021-present.

Journal of Science Policy and Governance. Associate Editor, 2018-2020.

Last Updated: 6/27/22