The Ohio State University Disability Studies Program, established in 1997, emphasizes interdisciplinary and intersectional work in disability studies. We treat disability as a political, cultural and social process, placing as much importance on structures, relations and representations as on individual bodies. We value collaborative research and learning, and each year, we are visited by distinguished scholars and activists. Recent visitors sponsored by the Disability Studies Program include Liat Ben-Moshe, Diana Louis, Jay Dolmage, Aimi Hamraie, Mimi Khúc, Ann Fox, Sami Schalk, Jina Kim and Michael Montoya.
Our program features an engaged group of faculty, caring advisors, and passionate students. We regularly collaborate with student groups including the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association, Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy, DISCO Graduate Caucus, and Abilities: An Alliance of People With and Without Disabilities.
- Amrita Dhar (Newark campus): Early modern English literature, disability studies, poetry and poetics, world mountaineering literature
- Jared Gardner: American literature, popular culture studies, comics studies, film studies, narrative theory, medical humanities
- Jim Phelan: Medical humanities, narrative theory, 20th century British and American literature
- Margaret Price: Disability studies, research methods, discourse analysis, digital media studies
- Amy Shuman: Disability studies, folklore studies, gender and sexuality studies, narrative theory
- Christa Teston: Rhetoric, professional writing, rhetorics of science and medicine, research methods, digital media studies
- Philip Armstrong, Department of Comparative Studies: Visual culture, political theory
- Allison Bean, Department of Speech and Hearing Science: Autism, speech pathology
- Ruth Colker, Moritz College of Law: Constitutional law, disability discrimination
- Jennifer Eisenhauer Richardson, Department of Arts; Administration, Education and Policy: Disability studies, social and cultural theory, gender studies
- Thomas Fish, College of Social Work and the Nisonger Center: Adult literacy, community inclusion
- Thomas Gregoire, College of Social Work: Substance treatment for vulnerable populations, treatment access through technology, mindfulness in organizations
- Michiko Hikida, College of Education and Human Ecology; Department of Teaching and Learning: Access and equity, multilingual and multicultural education, teacher education
- David Horn, Department of Comparative Studies: Cultural and historical studies of science, social technologies, the body and deviance
- Evelyn M. Hoglund, Department of Speech and Hearing Science: Psychoacoustics
- Margo Izzo, Nisonger Center: Special education, digital curricula, employment outcomes
- Rebecca (Natalie) Jackson, Ohio State Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine; Women's Health Center: Osteoporosis, calcium metabolism, women’s health
- Peter Paul, Department of Educational Studies; College of Education and Human Ecology: Literacy, reading comprehension, education of d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing students
- R. Brian Stone, Department of Design, Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design: Motion design, interaction design, information visualization, user experience
- Maurice Stevens, Department of Comparative Studies: Critical trauma theory, critical race & legal theory, visual culture, critical gender studies, historiography, ethnic and American studies, semiotics
- Susan Sutherland, Department of Human Sciences : Health, physical education, sport teaching and coaching
- Marica Woodfill, Department of Speech and Hearing Science; American Sign Language Program: Language acquisition, test design, cultural studies and mentoring
- The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization allows graduate students to supplement their major course of study with courses such as Introduction to Graduate Study in Disability Studies; Inclusive Education Research; Disability and Visual Culture; Critical Trauma Studies; and more.
- The GIS requires 14 to 16 credit hours of course work, with a minimum of three different courses. Graduate students who wish to complete the GIS should consult with the Director of Disability Studies, Dr. Margaret Price, to determine a course of study.
- Specific guidelines
At least nine hours must be taken outside the student's home department.
Courses taken within the student's home department must be at the 5000-level or above.
No more than two courses may be taken from a single department.
No more than one course may be an American Sign Language course.
A maximum of two hours of DSABLST 5700: Disability Studies Workshop can be applied toward the GIS.
A maximum of two hours of DSABLST 5191: Disability Studies Internship can be applied toward the GIS.
The student must receive the grade of 'B' (or better) or 'S' in each course comprising the GIS.
Undergraduate course offerings in disability studies can be viewed on the Disability Studies Minor Sheet.
Graduate courses in disability studies can be viewed on the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization sheet.
Students enrolled in the disability studies GIS or undergraduate minor programs may wish to consider the Disability Studies Internship (DSABLST 5191) and/or Independent Study (DSABLST 5193). In order to register for one of these courses, please complete these steps prior to the beginning of the internship or independent study:
Identify your semester-long project, discussing parameters with the director of disability studies or the disability studies minor advisor as needed.
Arrange a faculty supervisor for your project.
Fill out the Internship and Individual Studies Research/Request Form.
Set up a meeting with the director of disability studies to ensure the form is completed correctly, including number of credits. The number of credits is adjustable, depending upon the number of hours per week your project will require.
Obtain all necessary signatures.
Each year, the Society for Disability Studies holds its annual conference at Ohio State, in collaboration with the Disability Studies Program and the Office of the ADA Coordinator. Join us each April at SDS@OSU!
Please consider helping to support our robust programming and pedagogical work with a donation. Contributing through the Ohio State GiveTo website will allow you to make a one-time or recurring contribution through a secure, online connection. If you wish to donate by check or would like to discuss setting up other development, scholarship or programmatic opportunities for the Disability Studies Program, please contact our Senior Director of Development, Liz Burns by phone (614-292-2197) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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