Jess Rauchberg (she/her) is a neuroqueer scholar-activist and PhD student in the Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies program at McMaster University. Jess’s epistemological and pedagogical commitments amplify disability justice-informed technoscience and collaborative world-remaking. Her doctoral thesis reimagines communication studies with a crip theory framework, paying keen detail to the various ways disabled people in North America use social media and other ICTs as technologies of organizational survival in a precarious political climate. Jess’s doctoral research is partially funded through an NSERC-CREATE Smart Mobility in the Aging Population (sMAP) trainee fellowship. Her academic writing has been previously featured in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and Flow Journal.
As a member of the ABLE design team, Jess is training with Dr. Gardner in critical design thinking, community-based participatory research, and formulating applied feminist/crip approaches to human-machine communication platforms. She is currently facilitating an interactive bibliography for the ABLE team and assists on writing-based projects for ABLE.