Graduate Students

Keenan Davis

Keenan Davis is a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religion with a research focus in bioethics. Building on his background in neuroscience and Jewish ethics, Keenan completed his MA in bioethics through Emory University's Center for Ethics with a thesis analyzing the impact of biotechnology on human dignity. His current research revolves around patient experiences with deep brain stimulation to treat depression. He is also interested in neuroethics, moral psychology, and the metaphysics of medicine.

Corey Goergen

Corey Goergen

Corey Goergen is a PhD candidate in English. He received his MA at the University of Georgia in 2009. He is interested in disability and drug use in the long 18th century. His dissertation considers the interrelationships between drug use, English Empiricism, Romanticism, and disability in producing the modern conception of the addict.

Lindsey Grubbs

Lindsey Grubbs

Lindsey Grubbs is a doctoral student in the English department, where she investigates representations of psychiatric disability and medical authority in American literature from the nineteenth century until today. She is particularly interested in the moments when literature intersects with questions of biomedical ethics and social policy.

Sasha Klupchak

Sasha Klupchak is a third year graduate student in the ILA. She works at the intersection of body history/disability studies and visual studies--especially ethnographic and documentary film. Her dissertation project revolves around the ex-Senator for the Democratic Party for Georgia Max Cleland. She is a working filmmaker in the final stages of post-production for a film shot in Nicaragua entitled Plastic of the Lemon Grove. She begins shooting her next film project in the fall using archival footage and conducting interviews with Max Cleland.

Rachel Kolb

Rachel Kolb

Rachel Kolb is a doctoral student in the English department, where she is also pursuing a certification in bioethics. Rachel has prior master's degrees in English literature and education from Stanford University and the University of Oxford. Her research interests relate to representations of disability in twentieth century American literature and culture, especially depictions of deafness, physical embodiment, and conventions of language and communication.

Stephanie Larson

Stephanie Larson is a doctoral student in the English Department at Emory University. She is interested in depictions of disability in 20th-century American Literature. Her current research examines representations of developmental disability in literature of the American South. Her other research interests include the medical humanities, animal studies, and film studies.

Jess Libow

Jess Libow

Jess Libow is a doctoral student in English studying depictions of disability and health in 19th and 20th century American literature and culture. Other areas of interest include Deaf studies and the health humanities. She received her B.A. in English from Haverford College.

Adam P. Newman

Adam P. Newman

Adam P. Newman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and currently the Woodruff Library/ECDS Fellow in Digital Humanities. His research explores the intersection of race, disability and gender in 19th and 20th century American and African American literature and culture. In his dissertation, entitled “Caring Across the Color Line: Race, Disability, and Scenarios of Dependency in Nineteenth-Century American Literature,” he interrogates the way that fantasies and anxieties of dependency in nineteenth century America were inflected by issues of race, disability, and masculinity and worked out in representations of interracial caregiving between men. Some of his recent publications include "Polio and the Body Politics of Assimilation in Philip Roth’s Nemesis" in Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin and the forthcoming essay “Learning to See Myself in the Mirror” in Barriers & Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability (Temple University Press, 2017). Adam currently serves as the Chair of the Student Caucus in the Society for Disability Studies.

Joel Michael Reynolds

Joel Micheal Reynolds

Joel Michael Reynolds is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy, an Emory Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellow, and a graduate partner in the Center for the Study of Human Health. Drawing upon accounts from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, his research lies at the intersection of ethics, phenomenology, and philosophy of disability. His dissertation argues for a non-ableist ethics and is currently entitled, "Ethics After Disability: Ableism and the Worth of Untoward Lives." His teaching areas include ethics, 20th c. European philosophy, social and political philosophy, medical humanities, and philosophy and literature. Among other current projects, his essay, "Feeding Upon Death: Pain, Possibility, and Transformation in S. Kay Toombs and Kafka's ‘The Vulture,'" is recently out in the Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin, and he recently gave a TEDx talk, "Transability or Your Body Is Not What You Think," at the 2014 TedxEmory.

Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw is a 3rd year English PhD Student who specializes in early modern literature with a focus on representations of race and disability. Specifically, he is interested in (dis)locating ideas and theories surrounding the disabled rhetoric of racial and bodily otherness in 16th-17th Century plays, poetry, and travel narratives. His teaching interests actively center around notions of bodies, belonging, and space across a number of historical periods and literatures. As Curator for Shakespeare & the Players, he manages a vast online archive of Victorian and Edwardian theatrical postcards. He is also a Andrew Mellon Intern for the exhibit The New World in the Age of Shakespeare at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, which actively seeks to connect the visual representations of indigenous Americans in travel literature to figures like Caliban in dramatic literature. He is also heavily involved in the programming during Emory's Year of Shakespeare and the visit of the First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Sam Vanhorn

Sam Vanhorn

Sam is a PhD student in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also a doctoral certificate student in Bioethics and an Academic Advisor for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Originally from Hawaii, Sam received her BA (2008) and MA (2009) in psychology from New School University in New York City. Her current research surrounds body image and disordered eating, particularly as experienced by those who identify as lesbians.

Caroline Warren

Caroline is a PhD student in the Emory WGSS program. She holds a BA in Science, Technology and Society from Vassar College. Her research interests include feminist science studies and queer bioethics.

Past Graduate Students:

Harold Braswell (Assistant Professor of Health Care Ethics at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics) 

Cyd Cipolla (Class Adviser & Associate Faculty at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study)

Rachel Dudley (Visiting Assistant Professor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Emory University)

G. Michael Gordon-Smith (US English Teacher at Phoenix Country Day School)

Kristina Gupta (Assistant Professor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University)

Aimi Hamraie (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University)

Anson-Koch-Rein (Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, & Fem. Studies at Middlebury College)

Jen Sarrett (Visiting Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University)

Rebecca Spurrier (Associate Dean for Worship Life and Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary)

Mairead Sullivan (Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University)

Robyn Neville (Visiting Professor of Church History at the General Theological Seminary in New York)

Megan Friddle (Director of the National Scholarships and Fellowships Program at Emory University)

Alison Hobgood (Associate Professor of English at Willamette University)

Other notable former Emory graduates who work on disability (yet predate the establishment of the DSI) include:

Julie Livingston (MacArthur Fellow and Professor of History at Rutgers University)

Gary Albrecht (Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy of Arts and Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Public Health and of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago)

Stephanie Jenkins (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University)

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