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-Samarasinha; Aimi 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 & 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, as well as community partners such as Equitas Health and M+A Architects. Research activities in the DS Program emphasize interdisciplinarity, transformative access, and coalition-building in the fight for social justice.
- 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
- 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
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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