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Alyson Patsavas

Lecturer, Disability and Human Development

Office Phone

323-413-8569

Office

1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 211a DHSP

Mail Code

626

Office Hours

By appointment

About

Alyson Patsavas is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Disability and Human Development. She teaches: DHD 201: Disability, Rights, and Culture; DHD 204: Disability in the Humanities; DHD 205: Disability, Race, Class, and Gender; DHD 404: Disability, Sexuality, and Health; and DHD 407: The Cultural Politics of Disability and Health. Her research focuses on the cultural discourses and epistemologies of pain, the intersections of disability, queer theory, and feminist theory. She is also a co-writer and co-producer on the forthcoming documentary film, Code of the Freaks.

Selected Publications

“Recovering a Cripistemology of Pain: Leaky Bodies, Connective Tissue and Feeling Discourse”, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

“Disability Studies Gains Cultural Capital. And Now What?”, Feminist Wire

“Intertextual Reveals: Disability, Deviance and A Military Coup in Battlestar Galactica”, Different Bodies: Disability in Film and Television

Education

PhD Candidate in Disability Studies, Concentration in Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago
MS in Disability and Human Development University of Illinois, Chicago, 2012
BA English and Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2014