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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Alison Quaggin Harkin, M.A. 


Office: Health Sciences 147A
Office hours:Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12-2 p.m., or by appointment

Alison Quaggin Harkin is a temporary assistant lecture in the Disability Studies Program at WIND. Alison currently teaches WIND 2100, Introduction to Disability Studies; WIND/WMST 2700, Gender and Disability; and WIND/SOWK 4020/5020, Disability Studies Theory. Her work for her master’s degree focused on the narrative construction of intellectual disabilities, mothering and disability, and life narratives of children with intellectual disabilities. In her thesis, she wove together theoretical and creative approaches to explore the various meanings of intellectual disability. Alison enjoys introducing students to the versatility and creativity of disability studies theory and research methodologies. In her doctoral research, she is using autoethnography to examine and reinterpret life narratives of mothers and children with disabilities. 

In addition to teaching Disability Studies, Alison teaches for the Gender and Women’s Studies program and the English department. She has also worked as a consultant in the UW Writing Center.

Alison is a Ph.D. Candidate for Social Sciences at Tilburg University, received her M.A. from Athabasca University in Cultural Studies and Educational Studies, and her B.A. with honors from University of Toronto in English. 


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