Ellen Samuels

Assistant Professor
102d Ingraham Hall, Mark H
(608) 263-2190
E-mail Ellen Samuels
Disability studies, gender studies/feminist theory, American literature

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 2006
M.F.A. Cornell University, 1997
B.A. Oberlin College, 1994

Selected Publications

  • “‘A Complication of Complaints’: Untangling Disability, Race, and Gender in William and Ellen Craft’s Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. 31.3, Fall, 2006: 15-47.
  • “From Melville to Eddie Murphy: The Disability Con in American Literature and Film.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. 8.1, March 2006: 61-82.
  • “My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 9.1-2, Spring 2003: 233-255. Winner of the 2003 Best Special Issue Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
  • “Critical Divides: Judith Butler’s Body Theory and the Question of Disability.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal. 14.3, Fall 2002: 58-76.

Research Interests

19th and 20th century American literature; disability studies; feminist/queer theory and gender studies; African American literature; body theory; cultural studies; creative writing; autobiography and memoir.