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Winner of the 2018 SDS Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award

Winner of the 2018 SDS Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award:

Michael E. Skyer, University of Rochester

The Society for Disability Studies is pleased to announce that Michael E. Skyer has won the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies for his paper Bodies in Dependence: A Foucauldian Genealogy of the Americans with Disabilities Acts.

Michael is a PhD. candidate at the University of Rochester in the Warner School of Education and Human Development. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Two Zola Award Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:

Sona Kazemi PhD, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Migration, Disability, and Medical Humanities in the Department of English at the Ohio State University, for her paper Silent Global and Oppressive Local: Fetishization of the Disabled War Veterans in Iran through the Ideological Construction of “Living Martyrs.”


Patrick Smyth, a Ph.D. student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, for his work Negotiated Access.

SDS is pleased to make these awards to support excellence in scholarship, and a commitment to think deeply about social justice for all members of society.