Joanne Woiak

Joanne Woiak

Joanne Woiak

Faculty
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. Lecturer, Full-Time, Disability Studies Program
Office: 019 Smith Hall; Campus mail: Box 353565; Mailing address: Joanne Woiak, Disability Studies Program, University of Washington, Smith M253, Box 353565, Seattle, WA 98195-3565
Telephone: 
206-616-7580

My research interests encompass the social justice implications of knowledge about genetics, reproduction, and health in the modern era. I focus on disability in American and British history and culture, including the history of sterilization and constructions of mental disability in Washington, the rhetorical uses of “eugenics” in public discourses, reading science fiction through the lens of disability studies, and disability pedagogy. I developed the 2009 symposium Eugenics and Disability: History and Legacy in Washington, the 2011 lecture series Unspeakable: Disability History, Identity, and Rights, and the 2015 symposium of the Pacific & Western Disability Studies Consortium. I am an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies, and a member of the Disability History Association.

Other Courses Taught: 
B H/DIS ST 421 History of Eugenics, Spring
DIS ST/CHID/LSJ 332 Sex and Disability, Spring, 2015
LSJ 491 Disability and Citizenship, Winter, 2012
DIS ST/CHID/LSJ 332 Redesigning Humanity: Science Fiction and the Future of the Body, Winter, 2016