Meet the Authors

Lora Arduser is an associate professor in technical and professional writing at the University of Cincinnati. Her research is situated in the rhetoric of health and medicine and focuses on rhetorics of expertise and rhetoric, gender and technology. Her book Living Chronic: Agency and Expertise in the Rhetoric of Diabetes was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2017. Her research has also been published in Technical Communication Quarterly, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and Women’s Studies in Communication, Computers and Composition, and Narrative Inquiry.

Jeff Bennett is Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has published two books, Managing Diabetes: The Cultural Politics of Disease and Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance. He has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 2004. 

Sheila Bock is Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A folklorist by training, her research interests include the contested domains of illness experience, material/digital enactments of personal and community identities, the intersections between folklore and popular culture, and the values and challenges of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her work on narrative and performative responsive to the stigmas attached to diabetes has been published in the Journal of Folklore Research,  the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Medical Humanities, Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Disability, Health, and Trauma, and The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies.

Mila Clarke Buckley is an author, speaker, diabetes advocate and founder of Hangry Woman aims to take away the shame and stigma that comes with a diabetes diagnosis and covers topics like diabetes management, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition. 

Justine Debelius, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been writing diabetes-centric fanfiction for more than a decade.

Phyllisa Smith Deroze, PhD is a scholar in Literature, Health Humanities, and African Diaspora Feminism. She is also a global diabetes patient advocate and you can find her on LinkedIn.

Bianca C. Frazer, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois Chicago. She researches the ways in which performance can generate new knowledge about living with chronic illness, specifically all forms of diabetes. Her writing has been featured in Metanarratives of Disability: Culture, Assumed Authority, and the Normative Social Order, ArtsPraxis, and Theatre Journal.

Kirsten E. Gardner is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas San Antonio. Gardner earned a PhD in history and her research focuses on gender, disease, and medical technologies. She has published her research in several book chapters and many academic journals including The Journal of Medical Humanities; Enterprise and Society; Literature and Medicine; Gender, Health and Popular Culture: Historical Perspectives; and Dreamers, Visionaries and Revolutionaries in Life Science.

Stephen Horrocks is a Cultural Studies scholar and historian with a Ph.D. in American Studies. His research identifies and interrogates the cultural, technological, and embodied networks of insulin pump use by people with Type 1 Diabetes. More information about his research, teaching, and other work as well as links to his publications can be found at

Clair Irwin is a 2nd year PhD student at the graduate school of information sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mx. Irwin’s research focuses on the embodied information behavior of people with diabetes, including consideration of how healthcare advocacy affects our diabetes self-management. The founder of the Illinois #insulin4all chapter, she currently volunteers as the chapter’s resource, research, and education lead.

Taylor Johnson is a mental health educator and outreach worker. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Angelo State University. Her research interests include community based mental health promotion and improving mental health outcomes for Black children and young adults diagnosed with diabetes.

Elizabeth Jones is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research centers on representations of disability, both fictional and nonfictional, in the Hispanophone world. Elizabeth’s research can be found in academic journals such as Disability in the Global South and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies as well as the volume Disability Experiences. 

Cynthia Martin, MA, Virginia Tech, is an instructor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communication at James Madison University. Her advocacy and research interests encompass stigma of disease, rhetoric of diabetes, and disability and sports. When not chauffeuring her son to multiple swim practices a day, she keeps a blog about parenting a child who lives with Type 1 diabetes, which can be found at

Matt Paczkowski is an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at the City College of New York and holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in English. He writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and his work has appeared in literary journals including Fiction Southeast, Ponder Review, Riprap Journal, and South 85 Journal

SK Sabada is an artist and PhD student at York University. Their research focuses on the intersections between madness, disability, queerness, and the performative intimacies of death and dying.

Stephen Shaul has been living with Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years, and currently works as a system analyst for a multinational corporation. He served on Maryland’s Advisory Council on Health and Wellness, helping in the development of the state’s first diabetes action plan.  You can find his work at the diabetes blog Happy Medium (, as host of the podcast Diabetes By The Numbers, and anywhere the voice of the patient advocate is needed.

Valentina Sturiale is Chief Methodologist at Viralbeat as well as research associate in a number of research teams dealing with social media usage, the production of junk news and aging. She is T1 diabetic. Guido Anselmi is a Lecturer in Big Data and Digital Methods. His scientific interests lie in the political economy of platforms, their intersection with capital concentration as well as in computational methods for social science. Valentina and Guido are the parents of Vittorio to whom they dedicate their chapter, in the hope that he will live in a world in which access to lifesaving therapies will be a universal right.   

Samuel Thulin is a media artist and researcher holding a PhD in Communication from Concordia University, Montreal. Thulin is interested in sound, space and place, the datafication of everyday life, and relationships between chronic illness, disability, and art. Thulin’s artwork can be found at:    

Heather R. Walker is the Associate Director of Qualitative Research at the University of Utah Health and earned her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Walker’s research of diabetes has been featured in journals such as Qualitative Health Research, the Journal of Medical Internet Research Diabetes (JMIR Diabetes), Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology (JDST), The Diabetes Educator, and The Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists Perspectives in Practice Journal. You can find her on Twitter @Heather_RoseW.

G. William Zorn is a playwright and Ph.D. His research interests include the definition of “family” and the use of ghosts in contemporary American drama. You can find him at and his work in national booksellers.