Joanne Woiak

Joanne Woiak

Faculty
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. Lecturer, Full-Time, Disability Studies Program
M263 Smith, Box 354300

My research interests emcompass 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, and the 2011 lecture series Unspeakable: Disability History, Identity, and Rights. I am a member of the Society for Disability Studies, American Association for the History of Medicine, American Historical Association, and Disability History Association.

Other Courses Taught: 
B H/DIS ST 421 (Bioethics & Humanities) History of Eugenics
LSJ/CHID/DIS ST 332 Disability and Society: Sex and Disability
LSJ 491 (Law, Societies, and Justice) Topics in Rights: Disability and Citizenship: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives