Sona Hill Kazemi

Sona Hill Kazemi

Sona Hill Kazemi

Postdoctoral Researcher

566 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Disability Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Mad Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Geopolitics of Disablement
  • Medical Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Women's Studies
  • War and Peace Studies
  • Sociology of Education
  • Human Rights


  • PhD, Adult Education and Community Development, University of Toronto, 2018
  • MA, Critical Disability Studies, York University, 2013
  • BA (Honors), Social Psychology, York University, 2012

Dr. Sona Hill Kazemi is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Society of Fellows: Human Rights, Pasts, Presents and Futures, funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme (GAHDT) at The Ohio State University. Her research program is located in contradictions among transnational disability rights frameworks in the context of global and regional imperialism(s), as well as the proxy wars in the Middle East. Her postdoctoral projects concerns traumatized Yazidi refugees in diaspora and their disability consciousness as survivors of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the mental health of Iranian refugees in the United States who are the survivors of state terror and its implications for international security, Iranian women survivors of acid attack and their disability and feminist consciousness and punitive limb amputation in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Sona’s first monograph, “Disabling Relations: Injured Bodyminds and Active Witnessing,” is under contract and scheduled to come out next year. Sona is the Society for Disability Studies’ 2018 recipient of the honorable mention for the prestigious award of Irving K. Zola Award for emerging scholars in Disability Studies. She is currently the associate editor for the Global Ideas' Section at Review of Disability Studies, an International Journal.

Selected Publications

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