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Akemi Nishida

Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 716 DHSP

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By appointment


Akemi Nishida uses research, education, and activism to investigate the ways in which ableism and sanism are exercised in relation to racism, sexism, and other forms of social injustices. She also uses such methods to work towards cross-community solidarity for the celebration of community power. In her research and teaching, Nishida brings together disability studies, critical race theories, transnational feminist studies, and among others. She is currently working on a book manuscript, "Just Care: Messy Entanglements of Disability, Dependency, and Desire," in which she merges affect theory with critical disability, gender, and race studies to examine state care programs as well as grassroots interdependent care collectives and bed activism. Nishida’s research has been funded by the American Association of University Women, among others. Her work has been published in Subjectivity, Multicultural Perspectives, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Occupy! n+1. Her commitment for disability and other social justices continues outside of academia as she works locally and nationally to promote disability activism. She is on the joint appointment with Gender and Women's Studies.

Selected Grants

American Association of University Women, International Fellowship,

UIC Institute for Race and Public Policy, Faculty Fellowship,

Selected Publications

“Relating through differences: Affective relationality of disabled care recipients and their paid care providers within the U.S. public healthcare assemblage”, Subjectivity

“Critical disability praxis”, Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies

“Understanding politicization through an intersectionality framework: Life story narratives of disability rights and justice activists”, Disability Studies Quarterly

“Neoliberal academia and a critique from disability studies”, Occupying disability: Critical approaches to community, justice, and decolonizing disability

Service to the Community

Member of Advance Your Leadership Power, Chicago, IL