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Faculty and Staff|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Michelle Jarman, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Jarman came to the University of Wyoming in 2007 as a faculty member in the newly established undergraduate Minor in Disability Studies. In addition to teaching core courses and electives in disability studies, she 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 a Fellow in the Future of Minority Studies and an active member of the Society for Disability Studies 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 The Review of Disability Studies, MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US), Disability and Society, and several literary and disability studies anthologies.

Prior to coming to the University of Wyoming, she taught courses in English, women's studies, and medical education, and worked as coordinator for the Ph.D. Program in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Phone: (307) 766-5060

Publications: Journal Articles and Book Chapters

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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