Affiliation Process

The CDSC is working to build capacities in critical disability studies at the University of Minnesota, on the way towards creating a program that will ideally work across the UMN campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Twin Cities). We invite faculty and instructors from across the UMN system who are currently teaching in critical disability studies or in nearby fields (critical race and ethnic studies, disability studies, feminist studies) who wish to teach in CDS to affiliate.

Classes taught by affiliates will be promoted by the CDSC and affiliates will be featured on the CDSC website as potential mentors for students working on projects in critical disability studies. Please submit the following to the Critical Disability Studies Collective ([email protected]): 

  1. Your CV
  2. A statement about how your research, teaching, and/or other scholarly activities relate to intersectional critical disability studies. 
  3. Please provide information regarding CDS courses you are teaching that you wish to be promoted through the CDSC network.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Erin Durban ([email protected]). 

Current Affiliates

The following faculty/instructors engage with critical disability studies (CDS) scholarship and/or pedagogy.

  • Tammy Berberi (French, UMN-Morris). Areas of study: disability and aesthetics, Tristan Corbière, 19th century French Literature, disability studies, inclusion in higher education
  • Jigna Desai (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies). Areas of study: women of color feminism, queer of color critique, critical university studies, critical disability and critical neural studies, and transnational feminism
  • Erin L. Durban (Anthropology, UMN-Twin Cities). Areas of study: queer and trans Studies, Haiti, empire, transnational feminisms, critical disability studies
  • Jessica Horvath Williams (English, UMN-Twin Cities). Areas of study: 19th century U.S. Literature and feminist disability studies, with emphases on questions of women’s writing, domestic labor, and literary form
  • Erika M. Rodriguez. Areas of study: feminist disability studies; 19th and 20th century Spanish literature; history of medicine; transatlantic studies; anti-carceral feminisms; ethics of care
  • Jennifer EunJung Row (French & Italian, UMN-Twin Cities). Areas of study: early modern theater, dance and performance studies, queer theory, the history of sexuality, disability studies and affect theory
  • Molly E. Ubbesen (Center for Learning Innovation, UMN-Rochester). Areas of study: accessible pedagogy, writing pedagogy