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About the Contributors

Emmeline Burdett ( has a PhD from University College London. She focuses on how ideas about disability have impinged upon studies of the Nazi "euthanasia" programme, as well as on debates about euthanasia in various academic fields. She has presented and published in a number of venues associated with the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies.

Samantha Carrick ( is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation focuses on sleepwalkers in early twentieth-century American literature and visual culture, and she is fascinated with bodies stuck between sleeping and waking. She works both on the avant-garde and on popular culture and her research focuses on the weird, the strange, and the disconcerting, with particular focus on the body.

Jennifer Eisenhauer ( is Associate Professor of Art Education at Ohio State University, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy. Her research interests include the construction of visual subjectivity as related to the representation of disability, and particularly psychiatric disability in medical imagery, art, and popular culture and Jewish visual subjectivity in regards to contemporary responses to the Holocaust in art and popular culture. She has published in journals such as Studies in Art Education, Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Disability Studies Quarterly, and the literary journal South Loop Review.

Melinda C. Hall ( is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics and continental philosophy and her research interests include the intersection of contemporary bioethics and disability studies, the ethics of enhancement, and social constructions of disability. She received her PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation developed a critique of the notion that enhancement—especially the genetic selection of one's offspring—is a moral obligation. Her work on these topics is published in Disability Studies Quarterly and the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.

Naomi Lesley ( is working toward a PhD in English at George Washington University, where she is writing a dissertation about how children's literature addresses the legacies of school desegregation in the United States. Her previous research has explored issues of progressive education, race, and citizenship education in children's literature. Her work has appeared in Children's Literature, Jeunesse, and the Children's Literature Association Quarterly.

David T. Mitchell ( is Professor of English at George Washington University where he teaches disability studies, cultural theory, and American literature. With his co-author, Sharon Snyder, he has written and/or edited numerous books, including The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability (1997); Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (2000); The Encyclopedia of Disability (vol. 5): A History of Disability in Primary Sources (2005); and Cultural [End Page 125] Locations of Disability (2006). His most recent book, The Biopolitics of Disability (2014), analyzes crip/queer subcultures as social spaces of differentiation for the construction of non-normative identities.

Theri Pickens ( is an Assistant Professor at Bates College. She received her PhD from UCLA and her AB from Princeton University. Her research focuses on Arab American and African American literatures and cultures, disability studies, philosophy, and literary theory. Her critical work has appeared in MELUS, Disability Studies Quarterly, Al-Jadid, Journal of Canadian Literature, Al-Raida, and the groundbreaking collection, Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions. She is also the author of one monograph, New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States (Routledge, 2014).

Sarah A. Smith Rainey ( is an Assistant Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She received her PhD from Ohio State University in women's studies, with a graduate interdisciplinary specialization in disability studies. Her work examines disability, sexuality, and gender.

Jack Richardson ( is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Ohio State University—Newark, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy. His research explores philosophical, theoretical, and social implications of expanded notions of space and place as they pertain to understanding the production, interpretation...