Susan Schweik

Department: English

I’m the author of The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (NYU, 2009) and A Gulf So Deeply Cut: American Women Poets and the Second World War (1991), and I’m completing a book on cognitive disability, eugenics and reproductive justice tentatively titled Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don’t Know It.  I’ve been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for over twenty years. I am co-director of Berkeley’s Disability Studies minor and have been very actively involved in the advanced Disability Studies Research Cluster in Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. I was also co-coordinator of the Ed Roberts Fellowships in Disability Studies post-doctoral program at Berkeley (coordinated by the Institute for Urban and Regional Development). I’ve taught and co-taught undergraduate courses in Disability and Literature, Discourses of Disability, The Disability Rights Movement, Disability and Digital Storytelling, Psychiatric Disability, Literature and Medicine, Disability Studies and Animal Studies, and Race, Ethnicity and Disability, among others, and graduate courses in Body Theory and Disability Studies and Advanced Disability Studies. My other teaching and research interests include twentieth century poetry, late nineteenth century American literature, women’s studies and gender theory, urban studies, grant writing, war literature and children’s literature. My proudest honor is the name sign given to me by students at Gallaudet: seew.youtube.com/watch?v=r430KOg_nt8&feature=youtu.be&hd=1.