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Megan Mericle (she/her)


Megan Mericle is a PhD candidate in the department of English and the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research focuses on the construction and contestation of professional and community expertise, particularly in participatory science practices such as community science and do-it-yourself (DIY) biology. She explores how norms of citizenship shape access to and democratization of scientific practices.

Megan is originally from North Carolina, where she earned degrees in English and psychology from Western Carolina University. Weathering sub-zero temperatures, she then completed a dual MFA in creative writing and MA in English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she also worked in the writing center and taught first-year writing courses. After graduating, she taught as an adjunct instructor in Greensboro, North Carolina before returning to graduate school at UIUC to pursue a doctoral degree. She has served as one of the Assistant Directors of the Center for Writing Studies, and is currently a member of the Writing Across Engineering and Science (WAES) research team.

Research Interests

Feminist science studies, public communication of science, participatory science practices, multimodality, disciplinary identity


  • Dual MFA in Creative Nonfiction and MA in Literature, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2017
  • BA in English & BS in Psychology, Western Carolina University, 2014

Courses Taught


  • Informatics/Writing Studies 303: Writing Across Media
  • Rhetoric 105: Research and Writing

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University:

  • English 100: Ideas and Their Expressions I
  • English 101: Ideas and Their Expressions II

Greensboro College:

  • English, Communication & Media Studies 1100: Texts and Contexts

University of Alaska Fairbanks:

  • English 111: Writing Across Contexts
  • English 211: Writing and the Humanities
  • English 213: Writing and the Sciences

Highlighted Publications

Kovanen, Bruce, Turnipseed, Nicole, Mericle, Megan, & Roozen, Kevin. (2022, November 4). Tracing Literate Activity across Physics and Chemistry. WAC/WID integration in STEM. [Special issue on STEM and WAC/WID: Co-Navigating Our Shifting Currents] Across the Disciplines, 19(1/2), 62-77.

Kovanen, Bruce, Ware, Ryan, Mericle, Megan, Turnipseed, Nicole, Coleman, John P., Elliot, Celia M., Popovics, John S., Cooper, S. Lance, Gallagher, John R., Prior, Paul, & Zilles, Julie L. (2020). Implementing writing-as-process in engineering education. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.