Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor

Primary Office: Callaway N309
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At Emory Since: 2002



Ph.D., Brandeis University


Co-Director, Emory Disability Studies Initiative


Staring: How We Look

Re-Presenting Disability


 Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

Disability Studies


Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, feminist theory, and bioethics. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities, broadly understood, to bring forward disability access, inclusion and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current book project is Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics.



Staring: How We Look. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Re-Presenting Disability: Agency and Activism in the Museum. (Co-editor with Richard Sandell and Jocelyn Dodd.) London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. (Co-editor with Sharon Snyder and Brenda Brueggemann.) Modern Language Association Press, 2002.

Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. (Editor.) New York University Press, 1996.

Recent and Selected Articles and Public Scholarship:

“Becoming Disabled” is the first article in a new New York Times series on disability by people with disabilities.

 From Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

 "A Habitable World: Harriet McBryde Johnson's `Case for My Life,'" Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Forthcoming.

 "Eugenic World-Building and the Problem of Disability: The Strange World of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go." Journal of Medical Humanities. Forthcoming.   

 "The Future of Disability: Feminist, Queer, Crip." Women's Review of Books 54, 5 (2014): 11-13.

 "Disability Studies: A Field Emerged." American Quarterly 65, 4 (2013): 915-26.

 "The Case for Conserving Disability." Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 9, 3 (2012): 339-55.

 "Misfits: A Feminist Materialist Disability Concept." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 26, 3 (2011): 591-609.

 "Feminist Disability Studies: A Review Essay." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30, 2 (2005): 1557-87.

 "The Cultural Logic of Euthanasia: `Sad Fancyings' in Herman Melville's `Bartleby.'" American Literature 76, 4 (2004): 777-806.

 "Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory." National Women's Studies Association Journal 14, 2 (2002): 1-32.