During my tenure at UCLA and CSULA, I have had the opportunity to design and teach original courses in Disability Studies and LGBTQ, Gender, and Women's Studies.

Disability Studies

DS 101W: Perspectives on Disability

A Writing-II level, quarter-length introductory course to key intersectional theories and perspectives from Disability Studies. This course challenges students to rethink notions of "normalcy" and "disability," and to contribute to the field through an original research paper.

 

DS 195CE: Internships in Disability Studies

A two-part series required for the Disability Studies minor. This course requires students to complete 80 internship hours with an organization that serves disabled communities, while also completing weekly reading and writing assignments, writing an original research paper, and meeting biweekly with the Instructor to discuss their service learning.

 

SOC/DS M148: The Politics of Madness

A seminar that introduces students to cultural theories of "madness" that challenges a medical framework of "mental illness." This course brings together scholarship from Mad and Disability Studies, LGBT and Queer Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Literature, Philosophy, and Anthropology.

 

LGBTQ, Gender, and Women's Studies

WGSS/HIST 3400: LGBT Political History in the USA

A seminar that introduces students to key historical figures, events, ideas, and political moments from recent LGBTQ+ history in the U.S. This course foregrounds the diverse intersectional history of LGBTQ+ cultures, leaders, and political movements intersections, paying particular attention to the roles QTPoC have played in this history. The course's assignments challenge students to research a contemporary issue within LGBTQ+ politics by contextualizing the present within this longer LGBTQ+ political history.

LGBTS/DS M125: Queering Ableism

A seminar that explores intersections between LGBTQ+ and disabled identities, cultures, and politics. This course introduces students to some key issues faced by LGBTQ+ disabled individuals and brings together scholarship from Mad and Disability Studies, LGBT and Queer Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Ethnic Studies.

LBS/WGSS 3200: Disability Studies

A semester-length introductory course to key intersectional theories and perspectives from Disability Studies. This course challenges students to rethink notions of "normalcy" and "disability," and to connect theory with praxis through original research displays that educate the campus community about contemporary issues facing disabled communities.