Lezlie Frye is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation. Her research concentrates on the cultural history of disability, race, and gender in the United States since the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on histories of state violence, citizenship, and social movements. Lezlie received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the American Studies Program, Department of Social at Cultural Analysis, at New York University and was the 2014-15 Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Fisher Center for Gender Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Domesticating Disability: Post-Civil Rights Racial Disenfranchisement and the Birth of the Disabled Citizen. Lezlie’s academic work is preceded by over a decade of popular education, activism, and organizing work that coheres around disability, racial, and economic justice.
Angela Smith is an Associate Professor in Gender Studies (School for Cultural and Social Transformation) and English (College of Humanities). Her research focuses on cultural representations of disability in popular and social media, especially in primarily visual media such as movies and TV shows. She is the author of Hideous Progeny: Disability and Eugenics in Classic Horror Cinema (Columbia University Press, 2011). Her current book project, Disability Affect: Moving Images and Special Effects, considers how disability representations on screen, including prosthetics, special effects, movements by nondisabled actors, and the motions of disabled performers generate particular affective responses.