Lennard Davis

Distinguished professor of liberal arts and sciences; Professor of English, disability studies, and medical education


Lennard Davis, distinguished professor of liberal arts and sciences, English, disability and human development, and medical education / Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Lennard Davis (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

From the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act to the history and theory of the novel, Lennard Davis covers a broad range of subjects in his research and writing. He is an internationally recognized scholar of disability and literary and cultural studies and an authoritative voice on contemporary issues of disability rights in America.

His latest books include “Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority Its Rights,” “The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era,” and “Obsession: A History.”

He is director of Project Biocultures, a think tank focusing on culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology and the biosphere.

Davis is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education. His work has been featured by many other major media and journals. He was a 2002 Guggenheim Fellow.

Subject areas:

  • Deaf and Disability studies
  • Biocultures
  • Literary Theory
  • Cultural studies
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