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Emily M. Baldys ( holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Penn State University and teaches English at Zane State College in Ohio. She is currently working on a PhD through Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation project tracks the intersections in mid-Victorian literature of issues of family, gender, domesticity, and disability.

Lucy Burke ( is Principal Lecturer in English and Fellow in Academic Practice in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. She researches and publishes in the fields of critical disability studies and the medical humanities.

Ria Cheyne ( is Deputy Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. Her work focuses on disability in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, particularly genre fiction, and she has published in Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and JLCDS. She is currently working on a book on disability in contemporary genre fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and romance.

Julie Passanante Elman ( is an Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research focuses broadly on twentieth-century media and cultural history, queer theory, and disability studies. Her work has appeared in Television & New Media and is forthcoming in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Her current book project, Troubling Teen: Disability, Sexuality, and the Rehabilitation of American Youth, examines how disability and adolescence became conjoined within the figure of the "developing teenager."

D. Christopher Gabbard ( is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He teaches eighteenth-century British literature and courses focusing on disability issues in literature and culture. His articles have appeared in JLCDS, PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Studies, SEL, and elsewhere. "A Life beyond Reason," about raising a son with cerebral palsy, appeared in a November, 2010 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Michelle Jarman ( holds a PhD in English and is Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Wyoming where she oversees the undergraduate Minor in Disability Studies. Broadly, her research explores productive connections between disability studies, race studies, and gender theory in a variety of disability representations in twentieth- and twenty-first-century US literature and culture. Her essays have appeared in journals such as MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), Review of Disability Studies, and several literary and disability studies anthologies.

Will Kanyusik ( holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota where he is completing his doctoral degree. His dissertation, "The Wound at the Heart of Vision: Fraught Masculinities, Marked Bodies, and Disability as Metaphor," considers depictions of disability in post-World War II literature and film in the context of broader cultural anxieties regarding masculinity and the place of the American man at mid-century. [End Page 239]

Kathleen A. Miller ( is a PhD candidate at the University of Delaware where she is currently finishing work on her dissertation, "Monstrous Creators: The Female Artist in Nineteenth-Century Women's Gothic." Her major literary interests include nineteenth-century British literature, women's studies, the gothic, disability studies, romance studies, and children's literature. Her publications include articles on Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, L. M. Montgomery, Sarah Waters, children's biographies of Florence Nightingale, and contemporary vampire romances.

Tobin Siebers ( is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Body Aesthetic: From Fine Art to Body Modification (2000), Disability Theory (2008), and Disability Aesthetics (2010), named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association in 2011.

Jenny Slater ( is a doctoral researcher within the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is taking an intersectional approach to examine constructions of "youth" and "disability," using them to queer, disturb, and question notions of Neoliberal normativity. She is currently undertaking her fieldwork, which uses creative methods, fantasy, and the arts to explore Utopian future-world ideas of young disabled people. [End Page 240]


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