Daune O’Brien

Daune O’Brien, Pilot Lead, TRACE Center

Daune O’Brien

Pilot Lead, TRACE Center
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Daune O’Brien is a Pilot Lead for the TRACE Research and Development Center. She holds a Master of Arts in English, with a concentration in Language, Rhetoric, and Writing. Her research is heavily informed by disability and activism rhetoric, Universal Design Theory, and Feminist Studies. She is Chair of the Faculty Research and Writing Group: Women in Professional Writing, and an active participant in the Digital Pedagogy Research and Writing Group in the Department of English. She currently serves on the President’s Commission for Disability Issues, the Senate Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee, the IT Accessibility Committee eLearning group, and the Department of English Writing Committee at the University of Maryland. In 2016, O’Brien designed and launched a fully online asynchronous version of Professional Writing. With a focus on rhetoric, composition, and advocacy, she has taught upper-level Technical and Business Writing in the Department of English at the University of Maryland since 2014. 


  • M.A. English Literature and Language with focus on Rhetoric & Composition | University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A. English Literature and Language | University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests:

  • Rhetorical accessibility, activism, and Participatory Design within the Special Education Process
  • Legislative Petitions as a site for Disability Activism