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jenifer l. barclay received her PhD (2011) in history from Michigan State University after completing a predoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies (2009–11). She was also a postdoctoral fellow in African American Studies at Case Western Reserve University (2011–12) before joining the faculty of Washington State University’s Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies as an assistant professor.

liat ben-moshe is an assistant professor of disability studies at the University of Toledo. She holds a PhD in sociology with concentrations in gender studies and disability studies from Syracuse University. Her recent work examines the connections between prison abolition and deinstitutionalization in the fields of intellectual disabilities and mental health in the United States. Ben-Moshe is the coeditor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (2014) and Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum (2005), as well as a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly on disability in Israel/Palestine (Summer 2007). She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as deinstitutionalization and incarceration; the politics of abolition; disability, anticapitalism, and anarchism; queerness and disability; inclusive pedagogy; academic repression; representations of disability and critiques of the occupation of Palestine.

susan burch, PhD, is an associate professor of American studies and former director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College. Her various works in deaf and disability histories include Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson (with Hannah Joyner), The Encyclopedia of American Disability History (editor-in-chief), and Signs of Resistance: Deaf Cultural History from 1900 to World War II. [End Page 211]

daniel a. grano (PhD, Louisiana State University, 2003) is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His scholarly work explores connections between moral theory, race, and popular culture and has been published in several journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

elliot m. hamer (MA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2013) is currently consulting for the Wisconsin Medicaid agency. His scholarly work focuses on the discursive constructions of public health.

sandy magaña, PhD, is a professor in the Departments of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a Masters in social work from California State University, San Bernardino, and received her PhD from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy at Brandeis University. She completed postdoctoral training from the Waisman Center Post-Doctoral Program in Developmental Disabilities Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a professor in social work and director of the Chicana/o Latina/o Studies program at UW-Madison before moving to Chicago. Her research focuses on the cultural context of families of disabled children and adults and the experiences of disabled parents. Her most recent research has been focused on racial and ethnic disparities of intellectually disabled and autistic children and adults and interventions that empower Latino families of autistic children.

margaret m. quinlan (PhD, Ohio University, 2009) is an assistant professor of communication and a core faculty member of the Health Psychology PhD Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her scholarly work explores the organizing of healthcare resources and work opportunities for people with lived differences. She has published in Health Communication, Text & Performance Quarterly, and Disability Studies Quarterly.

dawna m. thomas, PhD, is an associate professor in Africana Studies and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies Departments at Simmons College. She teaches a cross-section of courses that relate to women, gender, race, culture, family violence, and health and disability. She received a PhD from the Law, Policy, and Society Program at Northeastern University, where her doctoral dissertation examined the intersection of disability and race through the lens of the Cape Verdean community in New England. Dr. Thomas’s research interests include the intersection of disability, gender, race, ethnicity, and class. She has an expertise in the field of healthcare policy, disability policy, community-based research, and grassroots...


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