Carrie Sandahl, white woman with chin-length blonde hair wearing a colorful sweater

Carrie Sandahl

Professor, Interim Department Head, Disability and Human Development

Director, Program on Disability Art, Culture and Humanities, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 246 DHSP

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By appointment

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Bodies of Work Chicago


Dr. Sandahl has dedicated her career to growing the arts ecosystem’s capacity to include people with disabilities, as both audience members and artists. In 2009, Sandahl founded UIC’s Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities (PDACH), which is a creative research lab whose members explore the disability experience through studying, supporting, and creating disability art and culture. Sandahl co-directs Chicago’s Bodies of Work (BOW), which is a consortium of organizations that support the development of new work that illuminates the disability experience in unexpected ways, through events, festivals, advocacy, and artist residency programs. Her own research and creative activity focus on disability identity as it intersects with race, class, gender, and sexuality in live performance and film.

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PhD, Literature, History, Criticism and Theory, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
MA, Literature, History, Criticism and Theory (Theater), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
BA, Communication and Theater Arts, University of Puget Sound, 1990