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Faculty Expertise in Disability Studies

The Ohio State University Disability Studies (DS) Program offers a wide range of research and professional development opportunities for faculty, students, and staff. We have been a co-sponsor and served as the location host for the international Society for Disability Studies Conference from 2018-2020. Recent invited speakers / workshop presenters have included Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-SamarasinhaAimi Hamraie; Diana Louis; and Jay Dolmage. Further details on the program's work, as well as past and upcoming events, can be found on the Disability Studies Program page

Faculty in the DS Program teach and research in areas including speech and hearing sciences; social work; law; education; literature; rhetoric/composition; folklore studies; arts; and design. Our faculty collaborate with offices including Medical Humanities, the Nisonger Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Office of the ADA Coordinator. Research activities in the DS Program emphasize interdisciplinarity, transformative access, and coalition-building in the fight for social justice.


  • Amrita DharEarly modern English literature, disability studies, poetry and poetics, world mountaineering literature
  • Jared GardnerAmerican literature, popular culture studies, comics studies, film studies, narrative theory, medical humanities
  • Jim PhelanMedical humanities, narrative theory, 20th century British and American literature
  • Margaret PriceDisability studies, research methods, discourse analysis, digital media studies
  • Amy ShumanDisability studies, folklore studies, gender and sexuality studies, narrative theory
  • Christa TestonRhetoric, 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
  • J.T. Eisenhauer Richardson, Department of Arts; Administration, Education and Policy: Disability studies, social and cultural theory, gender studies
  • Danene Fast, Department of Teaching and Learning: Sensory impairments, primary education, inclusive STEM
  • 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
  • Erin Moore, Department of Anthropology: Sociocultural and medical anthropology
  • 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
  • Tiffany Wild, Department of Teaching and Learning: Access and equity, curriculum and instruction, education policy, science teacher education, special education, teacher education policy and leadership
  • Marica Woodfill, Department of Speech and Hearing Science; American Sign Language Program: Language acquisition, test design, cultural studies and mentoring

Bostwick Wyman, Department of Math: Linear dynamical systems, polynomials


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 (burns.217@osu.edu).

To receive ongoing updates and event information from the Disability Studies Program, join our listserv (dsosu@lists.osu.edu). For questions requiring an individual response, please email disabilitystudies@osu.edu.