Interdisciplinary Seminar Series 2018/2019

For the Love of Lists: Autism and Literary List Writing

By Julia Miele Rodas, Ph.D.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Speaker: Julia Miele Rodas is a Professor of English at CUNY’s Bronx Community College. A disability studies scholar and Victorianist, Julia is co-editor of a collection on disability in Jane Eyre (The Madwoman and the Blindman, The Ohio State University Press, 2012) and co-editor of the Literary Disability Studies book series for Palgrave Macmillan. Her writing has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Victorian Literature & Culture, Dickens Studies Annual, the Victorian Review, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. This talk is adapted from her new book, Autistic Disturbances (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

Are Employment Protection Laws for Disabled People Effective in a Developing Country?

By Michael Palmer, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

Speaker: Michael Palmer is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Western Australia with research interests in disability and health, and the long-term impact of conflicts on human populations. His research has focused on the relationship between disability and poverty with applications in South East Asia. He has published in leading academic journals in his field including Health Economics, World Development, and Social Science and Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 2011.

This talk investigated the impact of a law protecting and promoting the employment rights of disabled people in Cambodia.

Disparities in perinatal care and outcomes among women with disabilities: A call for action

By Monika Mitra, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March. 27, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Monika Mitra is the Nancy Lurie Marks Associate Professor of Disability, and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. She is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research examines the health care experiences and health outcomes of people with disabilities, with a focus on the sexual and reproductive health of women with disabilities and violence victimization against people with disabilities.

This seminar was co-sponsored by the Economics Department and the Sociology Department.