Elitism and the Engines of Democracy

I have long thought that the impetus to “diversify” the student and faculty bodies of elite institutions such as Yale, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, and Cambridge is not as it first appears nor are the consequences of this movement. That is, I have long thought that the (neoliberal) motivation to increase the demographic diversity of students […]

Disability and Inaccessibility at Yale

In March of 2017, I wrote a post at Discrimination and Disadvantage about the situation for disabled students at Yale and other elite universities, drawing upon an article in Yale News that documented recommendations made in the Yale Disability Resources Task Force Report. Almost two years later, the situation for disabled students (and staff) at Yale remains grim. […]

Up Against Power and Prestige With Puar

I (and others) have long thought that, for the most part, Tom Shakespeare’s and Rosemarie Garland Thomson’s respective work in disability studies has lost its critical edge. Yet both Shakespeare and Garland Thomson continue to be widely regarded as icons in the disability studies circles of their respective countries (England and the United States) and […]