Disability Studies

Disability Studies


Interviews with scholars of disability about their new books.

Sony Coráñez Bolton, "Crip Colony: Mestizaje, US Imperialism, and the Queer Politics of Disability in the Philippines" (Duke UP, 2023)

May 14, 2024

Crip Colony

Sony Coráñez Bolton
Hosted by Michele Ford

In Crip Colony: Mestizaje, US Imperialism, and the Queer Politics of Disability in the Philippines (Duke UP, 2023), Sony Coráñez Bolton examines the r…

Coreen McGuire, "Measuring Difference, Numbering Normal: Setting the Standards for Disability in the Interwar Period" (Manchester UP, 2020)

April 20, 2024

Measuring Difference, Numbering Normal

Coreen McGuire
Hosted by Shu Wan

Measurements, and their manipulation, have been underestimated as crucial historical forces motivating and guiding the way we think about disability. …

Margaret Price, "Crip Spacetime: Access, Failure, and Accountability in Academic Life" (Duke UP, 2024)

April 3, 2024

Crip Spacetime

Margaret Price
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

In Crip Spacetime: Access, Failure, and Accountability in Academic Life (Duke University Press, 2024), Margaret Price intervenes in the competitive, p…

Mimi Khúc, "dear elia: Letters from the Asian American Abyss" (Duke UP, 2023)

March 3, 2024

dear elia

Mimi Khúc
Hosted by Julia Lee

Mimi Khúc is a PhD, writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. She is currently the Co-Editor of The Asian American Literary Review and an adjunc…

Marchella Ward, "Blindness and Spectatorship in Ancient and Modern Theatres: Towards New Ways of Looking and Looking Back" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

March 1, 2024

Blindness and Spectatorship in Ancient and Modern Theatres

Marchella Ward
Hosted by Corinne Doria

The use of disability as a metaphor is ubiquitous in popular culture – nowhere more so than in the myths, stereotypes and tropes around blindness. To …

Aaron J. Jackson, "Worlds of Care: The Emotional Lives of Fathers Caring for Children with Disabilities" (U California Press, 2021)

February 25, 2024

Worlds of Care

Aaron J. Jackson
Hosted by Alize Arıcan

Vulnerable narratives of fatherhood are few and far between; rarer still is an ethnography that delves into the practical and emotional realities of i…

Matthew Rubery, "Reader's Block: A History of Reading Differences" (Stanford UP, 2022)

January 28, 2024

Reader's Block

Matthew Rubery

Matthew Rubery's book Reader’s Block: A History of Reading Differences (Stanford UP, 2022) explores the influence neurodivergence has on the ways indi…

Kate Annett-Hitchcock, "The Intersection of Fashion and Disability: A Historical Analysis" (Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2023)

January 26, 2024

The Intersection of Fashion and Disability

Kate Annett-Hitchcock
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The history of the fashion industry has been well written as it relates to people who conform to certain physical norms and cultural stereotypes, wher…

Skylar Bayer and Gabriela Serrato Marks, "Uncharted: How Scientists Navigate Their Own Health, Research, and Experiences of Bias" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 18, 2023


Skylar Bayer and Gabriela Serrato Marks
Hosted by Nathan Moore

People with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM fields, and all too often, they face isolation and ableism in academia. Uncharted: How Scientist…

Isaac Soon, "A Disabled Apostle: Impairment and Disability in the Letters of Paul" (Oxford UP, 2023)

December 16, 2023

A Disabled Apostle

Isaac Soon
Hosted by Rob Heaton

For generations, Pauline scholars have responded in different ways to the Apostle’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7), our clearest indication that P…

Julia Watts Belser, "Loving Our Own Bones: Disability Wisdom and the Spiritual Subversiveness of Knowing Ourselves Whole" (Beacon Press, 2023)

December 13, 2023

Loving Our Own Bones

Julia Watts Belser
Hosted by Ilana Maymind

A transformative spiritual companion and deep dive into disability politics that reimagines disability in the Bible and contemporary culture. "What's…

Leontina Hormel, "Trailer Park America: Reimagining Working-Class Communities" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

November 24, 2023

Trailer Park America

Leontina Hormel
Hosted by Michael Johnston

In rural northern Idaho in the winter of 2013-2014, Syringa Mobile Home Park’s water system was contaminated by sewage, resulting in residents’ water …

Disability and Work: SSEAC Timor Leste Field School

November 23, 2023

Disability and Work

Hosted by Natali Pearson

In the fourth of five special podcasts about from the recent SSEAC field schools to Southeast Asia, we will be hearing from students and staff from th…

Meghan Henning, "Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christian Literature" (Yale UP, 2021)

November 17, 2023

Hell Hath No Fury

Meghan Henning
Hosted by Zalman Newfield

In her book Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christian Literature (Yale University Press, 2021), Meg…

Kay Wilson, "Mental Health Law: Abolish Or Reform?" (Oxford UP, 2021)

November 11, 2023

Mental Health Law

Kay Wilson
Hosted by Jane Richards

The debate about whether mental health law should be abolished or reformed is one that is highly charged and to which there are no easy solutions. In …

Autism in Children's Literature: A Discussion with Jen Malia

November 1, 2023

Neurodivergence in Children's Literature

Jen Malia
Hosted by Mel Rosenberg

An autistic mom of three autistic kids, Dr. Jen Malia is the author of the children’s chapter book series The Infinity Rainbow Club and the picture bo…

Margaret K. Nelson, "Keeping Family Secrets: Shame and Silence in Memoirs from the 1950s" (NYU Press, 2022)

October 24, 2023

Keeping Family Secrets

Margaret K. Nelson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

All families have secrets but the facts requiring secrecy change with time. Nowadays A lesbian partnership, a “bastard” son, an aunt who is a prostitu…

Alexandre Baril, "Undoing Suicidism: A Trans, Queer, Crip Approach to Rethinking (Assisted) Suicide" (Temple UP, 2023)

October 20, 2023

Undoing Suicidism

Alexandre Baril
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

Note: This episode contains a discussion of suicide. A list of resources is available below. In Undoing Suicidism: A Trans, Queer, Crip Approach to …

Eric B. Elbogen and Nico Verykoukis, "Violence and Mental Illness: Rethinking Risk Factors and Enhancing Public Safety" (NYU Press, 2023)

October 8, 2023

Violence and Mental Illness

Eric B. Elbogen and Nico Verykoukis
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Mass shootings have become a defining issue of our time. Whenever the latest act of newsworthy violence occurs, mental illness is inevitably cited as …

Mara Mills and Rebecca Sanchez, eds., "Crip Authorship: Disability as Method" (NYU Press, 2023)

October 6, 2023

Crip Authorship

Mara Mills and Rebecca Sanchez
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

A full transcript of the interview is available for accessibility. Mara Mills and Rebecca Sanchez's Crip Authorship: Disability as Method (NYU Press,…