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Faculty and Staff|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Michelle Jarman, Ph.D.

Michelle Jarman is associate professor of disability studies at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. She is also adjunct faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies. 

Dr. Jarman directs the undergraduate Minor in Disability Studies. The minor, established in 2007, has now graduated over 40 students and currently has 50 students actively completing coursework.  In addition to teaching core courses and electives in disability studies, Dr. Jarman oversees new course development, student advising, and program assessment for the minor. Dr. Jarman received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006, with concentrations in disability studies and women's studies. She is an active member of the Society for Disability Studies, Modern Language Association, and the National Women's Studies Association. Her broad research interests include 20th century U.S. literature, and intersecting cultural representations of disability, gender, and race. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Disability Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations, the Journal of American Culture, and several literary and disability studies anthologies. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled, Crip Entanglements: Rifts and Relations of Disability.

At the University of Wyoming, in addition to ongoing service activities within the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Jarman is co-chair of the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice planning committee, and on the board of the Social Justice Research Center


Phone: (307) 766-5060

Recent Honors and Awards

2014  Excellence in Service & Commitment, 18th Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice

2011  Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming

2010  Mortar Board “Top Prof,” University of Wyoming

Publications: Co-edited Journals

Jarman, M. and Kafer, A. (Eds) (2014). Special topic: Growing disability studies. Disability Studies Quarterly 34.2. Retrieved from

Publications: Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Jarman, M. and Kafer, A. (2014). Guest editors’ introduction: Growing disability studies: Politics of access, politics of collaboration Disability Studies Quarterly 34.2. Retrieved from

Jarman, M. (2013). Entanglements of disability, ethnicity, and relations: Orienting toward belonging in George Estreich’s The Shape of the Eye. Journal of American Culture 36.3, 194-205.

Jarman, M. (2012). Dismembering the lynch mob: Intersecting narratives of disability, race, and sexual menace. In R. McRuer and A. Mollow (Eds.), Sex and disability (pp. 114-139). Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. 

Jarman, M. (2012). Cultural consumption and rejection of Precious Jones: Pushing disability into the discussion of Sapphire’s Push and Lee Daniels’s Precious. Feminist Formations, 24.2, 163-185.

Jarman, M. (2012). Disability on trial: Complex realities staged for courtroom drama – the case of Jodi Picoult. Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 6.2, 209-225. (This article is accessible through Access to this journal is also available through UW Libraries.)

“Coming up from Underground: Uneasy Dialogues at the Intersections of Race, Mental Illness, and Disability Studies.”  Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations, Cultural Interventions. Christopher Bell, ed.  Berlin: LIT Verlag and East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011. 9-29.

 “Narrative Displacement: The Symbolic Burden of Disability in Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee.” “The Inside Light”: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, ed., New York: Praeger. 2010. 127-37. 

“Disabilities Studies Ethics: Theoretical Approaches for the Undergraduate Classroom.” Review of Disability Studies 4.4 (2008): 5-14.

“Modernity’s Rescue Mission: Postcolonial Transactions of Disabilities and Sexuality.” Co-authored with Eunjung Kim. Canadian Journal of Film Studies 17.1 (Spring 2008): 52-68.

“Exploring the World of the Different in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead.” MELUS 31.3 (Fall 2006): 147-168.

“Resisting ‘Good Imperialism’: Reading Disability as Radical Vulnerability.” Atenea 25.1. (June 2005): 107-16.

“Theorizing Disability as Political Subjectivity: Work by the UIC Disability Collective on Political Subjectivities.” With Sharon Lamp, David Mitchell, Denise Nepveux, Nefertiti Nowell, and Sharon Snyder. Disability and Society 17.5 (July 2002): 555-569.


Publications: Encyclopedia Entries

“Genetics.” With Lennard J. Davis. Encyclopedia of American Disability History, Susan Burch and Paul Longmore, eds. New York: Facts on File, 2009. 403-5.

“Feeblemindedness.” Encyclopedia of Disability, Volume 2.  Gary L. Albrecht, ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2006. 722.

“Feral Children.” Encyclopedia of Disability, Volume 2. Gary L. Albrecht, ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2006. 725-6.

“Deborah Kallikak.” Encyclopedia of Disability, Volume 3, Gary L. Albrecht, ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2006. 1009.

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