Department of English

Alison Kafer

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 2005, Claremont Graduate University,

Alison Kafer



Alison Kafer is associate professor of feminist studies, and is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana, 2013). Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Disability Studies Quarterly, Feminist Disability Studies, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Sex and Disability, and South Atlantic Quarterly


E 389P • Disability/Environment-Wb

35160 • Fall 2020
Meets W 5:00PM-8:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as WGS 393)

Integrating disability studies and crip theory with work in the environmental humanities, this interdisciplinary course will expose graduate students to emerging work in disability research and pedagogy. How have notions of the “natural” played out across bodies, minds, and environments? What are the implications of using rhetoric of damage, ruin, and illness in environmental discourse? How have scholars, activists, and cultural workers bridged environmental and disability justice principles in their work? Topics to be addressed include theories of toxicity and debility, constructions of personhood and animality, and notions of apocalypse and afterlives. We will foreground insights from feminist, queer, and critical race theories, and we will practice and theorize accessible pedagogies in the course. 

UGS 302 • Dd: Odd Ducks/Animal Lovers-Wb

60140 • Fall 2020
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

WGS 379S • Senior Seminar

45185 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.128

Intensive study of selected topics in women's and gender studies.

WGS 393 • Sick/Slow/Mad: Crip Theory

45250 • Spring 2020
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM CAL 323

Interdisciplinary topics relating to Women's and Gender Studies.  Seats restricted to WGS MA and Portfolio students during early registration.  Check cross-listings for home departments and originating field of study.

WGS 356 • Intro To Feminist Rsch Methods

44895 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.132

Introduction to feminist research methods across a range of traditional disciplines. Designed to prepare students to analyze research within gender studies and to develop their own research skills.

WGS 379S • Senior Seminar

45710 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 308

Intensive study of selected topics in women's and gender studies.

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