Feminist Studies

Alison Kafer

Associate Professor of Feminist Studies

Areas of expertise
Disability Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Activism

Education

MA, PhD, Claremont Graduate University 2005
BA, Wake Forest University 1993

Teaching Philosophy


Previous Courses

Ecofeminists and Queer Greens. Feminist and Queer Activism. Feminist Theory. FYS: Better Babies, Monster Moms, and Clones. Intellectual Histories of Feminism. Introduction to Feminist Studies. Senior Capstone Seminar in Feminist Studies. Transgender Perspectives. Transnational Feminisms. Troubling Bodies: Disability, Difference, and the Body.

Publications

Feminist, Queer, Crip (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, forthcoming in 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. Translated into Japanese by Hisako Motoyama, Women's Asia 21, no.52 (November 2007): 34-42.


Honors & Awards

Southwestern University Outstanding Teaching Award. 2008.

Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley. 2006-2007.

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies. 2003-2004.

Women's Studies Dissertation Scholars Teaching Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2002-2003.


Groups & Affiliations

Board Member, Generations Ahead: For Reproductive and Genetic Justice. 2007-2011.

Board Member, Society for Disability Studies, 2005-2008.

Program Co-Chair, Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, 2007 and New York City, 2008.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. 2007-present

Program Co-Chair, Queer Disability Conference, San Francisco, CA. June 2002.