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Melissa Marie Stone

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Melissa Stone is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media (CRDM) program. Her research focuses on material feminist rhetorics, and on the quotidien use and practice of reproductive healthcare technologies. Her in-progress dissertation project aims to create a foundation for menstrual healthcare rhetorics given that this specific focus has not yet received the same kind of attention that other aspects of reproductive healthcare have in feminist rhetorics of health and medicine. She is also interested in the theory and practice of rhetoric & composition and technical & professional writing pedagogies.


Peer Reviewed Articles

Stone, M., Ranade, N., Hannah, M. (2020). “DIY Feminist Pedagogies: Making Feminist Practices More Apparent in Technical Rhetorics Classrooms.” Focus Issue: Feminist Pedagogies. MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture.

Stone, M. (2019). “‘Like regular underwear, but so much better.’: How Thinx Can Create Feminist Embodied Subjects through the Enduring Legacy of OBOS.” Special issue: Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy. Peitho, 21.3.

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Pigg, S., Hannah, M., Stone, M. (2018). “Teaching Information Design that Emphasizes Data: Revisiting Professional Writing Outcomes and Assignments.” SIGDOC ’18 Proceedings of the 36th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication: Article No. 4.


International Conferences

Stone, M. (Oct. 2019). Student Research Competition Poster: “Period Proof Tech: Wearable Menstruation Technology and Feminist Rhetorical Action.” SIGDOC ACM International Conference. Portland, O.R.

Ranade, N., Hannah, M., and Stone, M. (Oct. 2019). “Rethinking UX & Usability: Addressing Communication Boundaries with TPC Stakeholders at SAS Institute.” SIGDOC ACM International Conference. Portland, O.R.

Pigg, S. Hannah, M., Stone, M. (Aug. 2018). “Teaching Information Design that Emphasizes Data: Revisiting Professional Writing Outcomes and Assignments.” SIGDOC ACM International Conference. Milwaukee, W.I. (Virtually Attended).

National Conferences

Stone, M., Pigg, S., Hannah, M., Ranade, N., and Frost, E. (Nov. 2019). “Everyday Practices that Enable the Production of Spaces for Feminist Alliance.” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, V.A.

Stone, M. (March 2016). “Menstrual Meditations: Challenging the Menses Stigma Through Social Media.” PCA National Conference. Seattle, W.A.

Regional Conferences

Stone, M. (April 2019). “What’s Old is New: Menstruation Tracking Apps and the “Pull Out Method.” Gender, Bodies & Technology Graduate Student Conference. Roanoke, V.A.

Stone, M. (April 2019). “Productions of Pleasure: Vibration Technologies and Feminine Coded Bodies.” Carolina Rhetorics Graduate Student Conference. Raleigh, N.C.


Stone, M. (April 2020). “Taking Action: How Feminist Methodologies Inform the Social Justice Turn in TPC.” TCA SpeedCon. Raleigh, N.C.

Stone, M., Pigg, S., Frost, E., and Hannah, M. (March 2019). “Operationalizing Apparent Feminism in Online, Offline & Hybrid Spaces.” CRDM Symposium. Raleigh, N.C.

Stone, M. (March 2018). Student-Scholar Session with Dr. Larissa Hjorth: “What is Old is New: Mobile Ovulation Tracking Applications and the Fertility Awareness Method as a Hybrid Form of Birth Control.” CRDM Symposium. Raleigh, N.C.

Guest Lectures & Invited Talks

Stone, M. (Nov. 2019), Seminar in Composition: Gender Studies : “Discussing the Pros & Cons of Thinx Underwear.” University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, P.A.

Stone, M. (May 2016). Girls Learn International : “Everyone Should Be Period Positive!” Hoggard High School. Wilmington, N.C.                      


Dissertation (in-progress): Making Menstruation Rhetorical: Material Feminist Interventions in Menstrual Healthcare


  • Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media from North Carolina State University, (expected 2021)
  • M.A. in English from University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2016
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2016
  • B.A. in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2008