Contributors

Rachel Adams is Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. Her most recent book is Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (2013). She is also the author of Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (2009) and Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001).

Gary L. Albrecht is Extraordinary Guest Professor of Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Professor Emeritus of Public Health and of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Fellow of the Royal Belgium Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His major books are Cross National Rehabilitation Policies (1981); The Disability Business: Rehabilitation in America (1992); Handbook of Disability Studies (with Katherine Seelman and Mike Bury; 2001) Encyclopedia of Disability, five volumes (2006); and, as general editor, Sage Reference Series on Disability (2013).

Jill C. Anderson is Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut. Her work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Law Review.

Adrienne Asch (1946–2013) was the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics at Yeshiva University and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She authored numerous articles and book chapters and coedited Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights (2000) and The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society (2002).

Douglas C. Baynton teaches History and American Sign Language at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign against Sign Language (1996) and coauthor, with Jack Gannon and Jean Bergey, of Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community (2007).

James Berger is Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English at Yale University. He is author of The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity (NYU Press, 2014); After the End: Representations of Post-apocalypse (1999); and Prior (2013), a book of poems. He is also editor of Helen Keller’s memoir, The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition (2003).

Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of seven books to date, including Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics (1994); Life as We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child (1996); and What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education (2006). His most recent book, The Left at War, was published in 2009 by NYU Press. He is also the editor of The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies (2004) and, with Cary Nelson, of Higher Education under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (1995).

Harold Braswell is Assistant Professor of Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. His article “Can There Be a Disability Studies Theory of ‘End-of-Life Autonomy’?” won the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. He has published additional articles in the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Hasting Center Report, and Social Science and Medicine.

Jeffrey A. Brune is Associate Professor of History at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He is the coeditor, with Daniel J. Wilson, of Blurring the Lines: Disability, Race, Gender and Passing in Modern America (2013). He is the author of Disability Stigma and American Political Culture (forthcoming).

Susan Burch is Professor of American Studies and former Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College. She is the author of Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to World War II (NYU Press, 2002). She also coedited Women and Deafness: Double Visions (2006), with Brenda Jo Brueggemann; Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches, with Alison Kafer (2010); and Disability Histories, with Michael Rembis (forthcoming). She and Hannah Joyner coauthored Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson (2007). Burch served as editor in chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of American Disability History (2009).

D. A. Caeton is completing a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. He focuses on nineteenth-century American methods of educating blind people. In particular, he examines how pedagogical practices and institutional arrangements were used to choreograph blind students’ performances of nineteenth-century American gender roles.

Fiona Kumari Campbell is Associate Professor in Law at Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia, and Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka. Campbell is the author of Contours of Ableism (2009). Her work has appeared in Rethinking Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive Theories for Social Work Practice, edited by C. Cocker and T. Hafford (2014); Generation Next: Becoming Socially Enterprising, edited by S. Chamberlain, K. Foxwell-Norton, and H. Anderson (2014); and South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining Boundaries and Extending Horizons, edited by S. Rao and M. Kalyanpuram (2014).

Allison Carey is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies at Shippensburg University. She is author of On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in 20th Century America (2009). Carey is also coeditor of Disability and Community (2001) and Disability Incarcerated: Disability and Imprisonment in the United States and Canada (2014).

Licia Carlson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College. She is the author of The Faces of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections (2010) and coeditor of Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (2010).

Lisa Cartwright is Professor of Visual Arts and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, where she is also on the faculty of the Department of Communication and the Program in Critical Gender Studies. Her most recent book is Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child (2008). She is coauthor, with Marita Sturken, of Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (2008). She is also the author of Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine’s Visual Culture (1995). With Paula Treichler and Constance Penley, she coedited the volume The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Gender and Science (NYU Press, 1998).

Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University. He is the author or editor of seven books on American literature and culture. The most recent of these are The Cambridge History of the American Novel (2011), of which he was general editor, and The Cambridge Companion to Baseball (2011). Cassuto is the author of Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories (2008).

Christina Cogdell is Associate Professor of Design and a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Eugenic Design: Streamlining America in the 1930s (2004) and is coeditor, with Susan Currell, of Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and American Mass Culture in the 1930s (2006). Her work is included in The Politics of Parametricism (forthcoming); Visual Culture and Evolution (2012); I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America (2012); and Art, Sex, and Eugenics (2008). She also has published articles in the journals American Art, Boom: A Journal of California, Design and Culture, Volume, Design Issues, and American Quarterly.

G. Thomas Couser retired in 2011 from Hofstra University, where he was Professor of English and founding Director of the Disability Studies Program. His books include Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability, and Life Writing (1997); Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing (2004); and Signifying Bodies: Disability in Contemporary Life Writing (2009). His most recent book is Memoir: An Introduction (2012).

Sayantani DasGupta is a faculty member in the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also Cochair of the Columbia University Seminar in Narrative, Health and Social Justice. She is the coauthor of a book of Bengali folktales, the author of a medical memoir, and the coeditor of Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (2007) and the scholarly collection Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life (2014).

Michael Davidson is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century (1989); Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word (1997); Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (2003); and Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body (2008). His most recent critical book is Outskirts of Form: Practicing Cultural Poetics (2011). He is the editor of The New Collected Poems of George Oppen (2002). He is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which is Bleed Through: New and Selected Poems (2013). He is the coauthor, with Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, and Ron Silliman, of Leningrad (1991).

Lennard J. Davis is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Departments of Disability and Human Development, English, and Medical Education. He is the author of Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body (1995); Bending over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions (NYU Press 2002); Obsession: A History (2009); and The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era (2014). He is the editor of the Disability Studies Reader, now in its fourth edition, as well as Shall I Say a Kiss: Courtship Letters of Deaf Couple, 1936–1938 (1999). He is currently working on a forthcoming book, Enabling Acts: The Americans with Disabilities Act and How the U.S.’s Largest Minority Got Its Rights.

Tim Dean is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where he is also director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. He is the author of several books, most recently Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (2009), and coeditor of Porn Archives (2014).

Helen Deutsch is Professor of English at UCLA. She is the author of Resemblance and Disgrace: Alexander Pope and the Deformation of Culture (1996) and Loving Dr. Johnson (2005), as well as coeditor of “Defects”: Engendering the Modern Body (2000) and Vital Matters: Eighteenth-Century Views of Conception, Life and Death (2012).

Elizabeth F. Emens is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University. Her articles about disability law and theory include “Integrating Accommodation” (2008); “Intimate Discrimination: The State’s Role in the Accidents of Sex and Love” (2009); and “Disabling Attitudes” (2012, reprinted in the Disability Studies Reader, 4th ed. 2013). She recently edited the volume Disability and Equality Law (2013) with Michael A. Stein.

Nirmala Erevelles is Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Alabama. She has published articles in the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Theory, Studies in Education and Philosophy, the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Disability and Society, Disability Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, among others. She is the author of Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic (2012).

D. Christopher Gabbard is Professor of English at the University of North Florida. His articles have appeared in PMLAStudies in English LiteratureRestorationEnglish Language Notes, and Eighteenth-Century Studies. His work has also appeared in The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (2012).

Rebecca Garden is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate Medical University, where she is Director of the Health Care Ethics course and Executive Director of the Consortium for Culture and Medicine. She has published on illness, disability, narrative, and health care in journals such as New Literary History, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Disability Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Clinical Ethics.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, feminist theory, and bioethics. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current book project is Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics.

Kathryn Linn Geurts is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hamline University. She is the author of Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community (2003).

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of more than eighty books, including Obesity: The Biography (2010); Seeing the Insane (1982); and the standard study Jewish Self-Hatred (1986). His most recent edited volume is The Third Reich Sourcebook (with Anson Rabinbach [2013]).

Faye Ginsburg is Founder and Codirector of the Council for the Study of Disability at New York University, where she is also David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History. She is an award-winning author/editor of four books, all reflecting her long-standing interest in cultural activism. She is currently working with Rayna Rapp on research and writing on cultural innovation and cognitive difference.

Kim Q. Hall is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Council Coordinator at Appalachian State University, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Women’s Studies and Sustainable Development Programs. She is editor of Feminist Disability Studies (2011) and coeditor, with Chris Cuomo, of Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections (1999). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript that advances a queer crip feminist perspective on identity and the body’s materiality.

Rob Imrie is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Eva Feder Kittay is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. She has authored and edited several books, as well as written numerous articles, on feminist philosophy, care ethics, and disability theory. For 2014–2015, she has an NEH Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her Disabled Minds and Things That Matter: Cognitive Disability and (a Humbler) Philosophy.

Georgina Kleege teaches creative writing and disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her recent books include Sight Unseen (1999) and Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller (2006). She has lectured and served as consultant to art institutions around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

Petra Kuppers is Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Her books include Disability and Contemporary Performance (2003); The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art (2007); Disability Culture and Community Performance (2011); and Studying Disability Arts and Culture (2014).

Kathleen LeBesco is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is author of Revolting Bodies: The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity; coauthor of Culinary Capital; and coeditor, with Jana Evans Braziel, of Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression; with Peter Naccarato, of Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning; with Donna Jean Troka and Jean Bobby Noble, of The Drag King Anthology; and of several journal special issues.

Victoria Ann Lewis is Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Redlands in southern California and was the founder and Director of the Other Voices Project at the Mark Taper Forum from 1982 to 2002. She is the editor of Beyond Victims and Villains: Contemporary Plays by Disabled Playwrights (2006). Her work has appeared in The Politics of American Actor Training (2011) and A History of Collective Creation (2013).

Heather Love is the R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (2009); the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”); and the coeditor, with Bill Albertini, Ben Lee, Mike Millner, Ken Parille, Alice Rutkowski, and Bryan Wagner, of a special issue of New Literary History (“Is There Life after Identity Politics?”).

Janet Lyon is Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies and the Director of the Disability Studies minor at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern (1999). She is currently working on books titled The Imperfect Hostess: Sociability and the Modern and Idiot Child on a Fire Escape: Disability and Modernism. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Modernism/modernity, English Literary History, Differences, and the Yale Journal of Criticism, and her chapters have appeared in many edited books. She is the coeditor of the Journal of Modern Literature.

Robert McRuer is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the George Washington University. He is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU Press, 2006); The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (NYU Press, 1997). With Anna Mollow, he coedited Sex and Disability (2012). He is completing a manuscript tentatively titled Cripping Austerity.

Mara Mills is an Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is currently completing a book titled On the Phone: Deafness and Communication Engineering. 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. Her work has appeared in Social Text, differences, the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies.

Susannah B. Mintz is Professor of English at Skidmore College. She is the author of Threshold Poetics: Milton and Intersubjectivity (2003); Unruly Bodies: Life Writing by Women with Disabilities (2007); Hurt and Pain: Literature and the Suffering Body (2014); and coeditor, with Merri Lisa Johnson, of On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology (2011). Her “memoirette,” Match Dot Comedy, was released by Kindle Single in December 2013.

David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder are the authors of three books: Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (2000); Cultural Locations of Disability (2006); and the forthcoming The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment. They are also coeditors of The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability (1997) and have cowritten more than thirty-five refereed journal essays on various aspects of disability culture, art, and history. They are currently at work on a new edited collection tentatively titled The Matter of Disability: Biopolitics, Materiality, Crip Affects.

Denise M. Nepveux is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Utica College. As a 2002 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nepveux documented life stories of women in Ghana’s disability movement. She continues to collaborate with Ghanaian activists and anthropologist Kathryn Geurts to study changing leadership styles, organizing strategies, gender relations, and transnational funding relationships in this movement. She has published research on sexual health knowledge, identity, and access to sexuality among LGBT youth self-advocates in Ontario and engages in elder organizing efforts in Syracuse, New York.

Kim E. Nielsen is Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, where she also teaches courses in History and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of A Disability History of the United States (2012). Her other books include Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller (2009) and The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (NYU Press, 2004).

Katherine Ott is a curator and historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in the Division of Medicine and Science. Ott is the author or coeditor of three books: Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture since 1870 (1996); Artificial Parts and Practical Lives: The Modern History of Prosthetics (2002); and Scrapbooks in American Life (2006) and is completing a monograph on interpreting objects.

Carol Padden is Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. With Tom Humphries, she is the coauthor of two books on culture and community of deaf people in the United States and two American Sign Language textbooks, A Basic Course in ASL and Learning ASL. Her work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. In 2010, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in recognition of creativity and innovation in her research.

Margaret Price is Associate Professor of Rhetoric/Composition at Spelman College. She is the author of Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (2011) and has published articles, essays, stories, and poems in ProfessionCollege Composition and Communication; the Disability Studies Reader (4th ed.); Ms. magazine; Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture; the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies; Wordgathering; Breath and Shadow; and others. With Stephanie Kerschbaum, she is at work on a mixed-methods study of disability disclosure in academic contexts.

Michael Ralph is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He is the author of Forensics of Capital (forthcoming). He has published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Souls, Social Text, Public Culture, South Atlantic Quarterly, the Journal of the History of Sport, and Transforming Anthropology. He is also the editor of Transforming Anthropology, the flagship journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists.

Rayna Rapp is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Anthropology at New York University. She is the author of the award-winning book Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (1999) and coeditor, with Faye Ginsburg, of Conceiving the New World Order (1995), as well as numerous articles and reviews. Her current research with Faye Ginsberg focuses on cultural innovation in special education in New York City.

Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English at Emory University and Codirector of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative. He is the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (2001) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (2008).

Julia Miele Rodas is Associate Professor of English at Bronx Community College/CUNY (City University of New York). With David Bolt and Elizabeth Donaldson, she is coeditor of The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (2012) and of the Literary Disability Studies book series (Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently working on a book—Autistic Disturbances—that theorizes the role of autistic rhetoric and aesthetics in literature.

Sarah F. Rose is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she directs the minor in Disability Studies. Her work has appeared in LABOR: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas and in the Journal of Policy History. She is completing a book manuscript entitled No Right to Be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1850–1930.

Maya Sabatello is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Research of Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics. A lawyer with a PhD in political science, she previously litigated cases of medical malpractice and has worked as a legal adviser to national and international nongovernmental organizations to promote health-related human rights. As a Permanent Representative for a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, she participated in the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Ellen Samuels is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the author of Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race (NYU Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Disability StudiesGLQ, Amerasia, and MELUS, and was awarded the Catherine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship in 2011. She is currently working on a new book, Double Meanings: Representing Conjoined Twins.

Ralph James Savarese is Professor of English at Grinnell College and spent the 2012–2013 academic year as a neurohumanities fellow at Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences. He is the author of some twenty-five peer-reviewed articles and essays about autism and the coeditor of three collections, including the first collection devoted to the concept of neurodiversity. He is also the author of the memoir Reasonable People (2007).

Ani B. Satz is Associate Professor of Law at Emory University, with faculty appointments at the Rollins School of Public Health, the Center for Ethics, and the Goizueta Business School. Her work has appeared in numerous books and peer-reviewed journals, including the Michigan Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, and Washington Law Review. Her book Disability and Discrimination: Cases and Materials is forthcoming. Satz served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Disability Law for 2009–2010 and is the current Chair of the Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care.

David Serlin is Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author or editor of several books, including Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America (2004); Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (2010); and Window Shopping with Helen Keller: Architecture and Disability in Modern Culture (forthcoming).

Margrit Shildrick is Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Linköping University, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto. Her books include Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, (Bio)ethics and Postmodernism (1997); Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002); and Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Sexuality and Subjectivity (2009). Her work has appeared in several journals and edited collections, including the Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies (2012).

Martha Stoddard Holmes is Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos. She is the author of Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture (2004) and coeditor of The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy (2003) and has published extensively on the cultural history of the body from the Victorian era to the present, including Victorian representations of disability and the public culture of cancer. She is currently working on a graphic narrative (comic) about ovarian cancer. Stoddard Holmes is Associate Editor of Literature and Medicine, the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, the Journal of Medical Humanities, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. 

Tanya Titchkosky is a Professor in the Department of Humanities, Social Science and Social Justice Education in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is author of The Question of Access: Disability, Space, Meaning (2011); Reading and Writing Disability Differently: The Textured Life of Embodiment (2007); and Disability, Self and Society (2003); and coeditor, with Rod Michalko, of Rethinking Normalcy: A Disability Studies Reader (2009).

David Wasserman works at the Center for Bioethics at Yeshiva University and is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health. He is the author or editor of five books and is completing a volume on debating procreation with David Benatar.

Abby Wilkerson is the author of Diagnosis: Difference: The Moral Authority of Medicine (1995) and The Thin Contract: Social Justice and the Political Rhetoric of Obesity (forthcoming). She coedited a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, “Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies” (2003) with Robert McRuer. She has also published a number of articles in journals and anthologies and teaches in the University Writing Program at George Washington University.

Bess Williamson is a historian of American design and material culture. She is particularly interested in social and political concerns in design, including environmental, labor, justice, and rights issues as they shape and are shaped by spaces and things. Her current book project traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. She teaches design history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kathleen Woodward, Lockwood Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Washington, is director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities. She is the author of Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions (2009); Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions (1991); and At Last, the Real Distinguished Thing: The Late Poems of Eliot, Pound, Stevens, and Williams (1980). She is the editor of Figuring Age: Women—Bodies—Generations (1999) and The Myths of Information: Technology and Postindustrial Culture (1980).