Notable Achievements

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer published a new essay in the Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, edited by Clare Barker and Stuart Murray (Cambridge UP, 2017). Co-written with Eunjung Kim, Kafer’s chapter, “Disability and the Edges of Intersectionality,” uses the writings of Michelle Cliff and Audre Lorde to describe an intersectional approach to disability studies.
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Expertise

Disability Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Environmental Studies, Reproductive Justice

Alison Kafer received her MA and PhD from Claremont Graduate University and her BA from Wake Forest University. 

In addition to the core courses in the Feminist Studies program, Kafer teaches classes covering topics in disability studies, reproductive justice, animal studies, and feminist and queer theory. She is also affiliated with the Environmental Studies and Race & Ethnicity Studies programs.  

Kafer’s research brings together feminist, queer, critical race, and environmental studies perspectives in the study of illness and disability. Her book Feminist, Queer, Crip (2013) examines the possibilities of cross-movement theory and politics for creating more just and accessible futures.   

Among other activities, Kafer has served as a board member for Generations Ahead and for the Society for Disability Studies.

  • Alison Kafer received her MA and PhD from Claremont Graduate University and her BA from Wake Forest University. 

    In addition to the core courses in the Feminist Studies program, Kafer teaches classes covering topics in disability studies, reproductive justice, animal studies, and feminist and queer theory. She is also affiliated with the Environmental Studies and Race & Ethnicity Studies programs.  

    Kafer’s research brings together feminist, queer, critical race, and environmental studies perspectives in the study of illness and disability. Her book Feminist, Queer, Crip (2013) examines the possibilities of cross-movement theory and politics for creating more just and accessible futures.   

    Among other activities, Kafer has served as a board member for Generations Ahead and for the Society for Disability Studies.

  • “Bodily Technologies,” Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender: Matter volume, edited by Stacy Alaimo (Macmillan Press, 2017), 387-400.

    “Disability and the Edges of Intersectionality,” co-written with Eunjung Kim, Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, edited by Clare Barker and Stuart Murray (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 123-138.

    “Other People’s Shit (and Pee!),” South Atlantic Quarterly 115, no. 4 (2016): 755-762.

    “Un/Safe Disclosures: Scenes of Disability and Trauma,” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 10, no. 1 (2016): 1-20.

    “Growing Disability Studies,” Disability Studies Quarterly 34, no. 2 (2014). Co-edited with Michelle Jarman.

    Feminist, Queer, Crip (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013).

    “Desire & Disgust: My Ambivalent Adventures in Devoteeism,” in Sex and Disability, ed. Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012), 331-353.

    “Debating Feminist Futures: Slippery Slopes, Cultural Anxiety, and the Case of the Deaf Lesbians,” in Feminist Disability Studies, ed. Kim Q. Hall (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011), 218-241.

    Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited with Susan Burch (Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2010).

    “Calling all Restroom Revolutionaries: Resisting Assimilation Through Coalition Politics,” with Simone Chess, Jessi Quizar, and Mattie Udora Richardson, in That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, ed. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, (Brooklyn: Soft Skull, 2004), 189-206.

    “Inseparable: Constructing Gender Through Disability in the Amputee-Devotee Community,” in Gendering Disability, ed. Bonnie G. Smith and Beth Hutchison (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University, 2004), 107-118.

    “Compulsory Bodies: Reflections on Heterosexuality and Able-bodiedness,” Journal of Women’s History 15, no. 3 (2003): 77-89. 


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