is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and the Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of ten books to date, the most recent of which include include The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read, which was published by NYU Press in early 2016, and Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up, which was written with extensive input
from Jamie himself.







is an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. She is currently finishing a book examining the connections between prison abolition, disability and deinstitutionalization in the U.S. Dr. Ben-Moshe is the co-editor (with Allison Carey and Chris Chapman) of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave McMillan 2014) and Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating disability in the university classroom and curriculum (Syracuse University Press 2005); as well as special issues of Disability Studies Quarterly on disability in Israel/Palestine (Summer 2007) and Disability Studies Pedagogy (2015) and Women, Gender and Families of Color on race, gender and disability (2014). She has written on such topics as deinstitutionalization and incarceration; disability, anti-capitalism and anarchism; queerness and disability; inclusive pedagogy; disability in Israel/Palestine and representations of disability.

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is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University/State University of New York. She is a medical anthropologist who conducts research with deaf and disabled people living in urban India. Her first book Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India (Rutgers University Press, 2015) analyzed new forms of social, political, and economic value enabled by disability in neoliberal India and argued for the importance of viewing disability as a category that is productive of ambivalent value for various stakeholders including deaf people themselves, multinational corporations, and the state. Friedner has also published work on international deaf and disability politics, infrastructure and disability, and religion and disability. In June 2017, she will join the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.






is assistant professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies and director of the Mapping Access project at Vanderbilt University. Their interdisciplinary research spans critical disability histories, crip technoscience, critical design, and feminist epistemology. Hamraie is the author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2017), as well as articles in Disability Studies Quarterly, Design and Culture, Foucault Studies, Hypatia, philoSOPHIA, Age Culture Humanities, and edited collections including The Politics of Place and Space and Disability Space Architecture







is a passionate disability rights activist whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. Emily works for Concepts, Inc. supporting key U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy initiatives. She is also the Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, a platform focused on disability rights issues. Additionally, Emily runs an independent business through which she manages online presence and communications for multiple disability-related organizations. Emily maintains an internationally-read blog, Words I Wheel By, and her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post

is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, working at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her first book, On the Phone: Deafness and Communication Engineering, is forthcoming next year from Duke University Press. Mills’s writings on electroacoustics, audiovisual media, and disability can be found in Grey Room, differences, Social Text, and The Sound Studies Reader, among other volumes. Her second book project, Print Disability and New Reading Formats, examines the reformatting of print over the course of the past century by blind and other print disabled readers, with a focus on electronic reading machines. It is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press for their new Manifold print/digital hybrid series.






is Professor of English in the Department of English at George Washington University where he teaches queer theory, disability studies, and cultural studies.  His next book, Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance, will be published later this year.  He is also the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities.  He has co-edited three disability studes collections: "Cripistemologies," a special double issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (with Merri Lisa Johnson); Sex and Disability (with Anna Mollow); and "Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies," a special double issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (with Abby L. Wilkerson).

are the co-authors of The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment (U of Michigan P, 2015), Cultural Locations of Disability (U of Chicago P, 2006), and Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (U of Michigan P, 2000). They are also co-editors of The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1997); The Encyclopedia of Disability Vols. 1-5 (Thousand Oaks: Sage P, 2006); and the forthcoming collection, The Matter of Disability (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2017 [with Susan Antebi]). In addition to their academic work they are the creators of five award-winning, internationally recognized films about disability arts, history, and culture: Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (1995); A World Without Bodies (2002); Self Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer (2005); Disability Takes on the Arts (2006); and T4 Memorialization and the Holocaust in Germany Today (2015). In the early 1990s they helped found the Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession at the Modern Languages Association as well as researched, wrote, and curated The Chicago Disability History Exhibit for the city of Chicago's "Bodies of Work: Disability Arts and Culture Festival" (2006).  They have lectured widely in the U.S. and around the world and currently teach in English, Women's Studies, and the Honors Program at GWU.



is an artist, writer and activist. Through painting, printmaking, writing and other forms of political and artistic engagement her work intervenes with dominant historical narratives of disability and animal oppression.  Taylor's artworks have been exhibited at venues across the country, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Berkeley Art Museum. Her book Beasts of Burden, which explores the intersections of animal ethics and disability studies, is forthcoming from The New Press.


is an Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University in New York. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in English and his B.A. from Stanford University in English. He is the past recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation. From 2010-2012, he held the Carter G. Woodson postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. His work has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of publications, including African American Review, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability StudiesThe Feminist Wire, and Oxford Bibliographies. He is currently working on his manuscript titled Disabilities of Color, which examines how disablement as experience and as discourse has shaped racial subjecthood for Blacks in America, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 


is an Assistant Professor in New York University's Department of Art and Public Policy. His research broadly engages the theoretical and methodological implications of queer, feminist, disability, and critical race studies for questions regarding the state. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in Performance Studies, with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality; a JD from UCLA Law, with specializations in Critical Race Theory and Public Interest Law; and a BA from Brown University in French Literature.