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Dr. Sami Schalk

Associate Professor 

Writer | Educator | Pleasure Activist



Dr. Schalk believes in sharing academic research and knowledge. She publishes open access journals frequently, but when her work is not open access she provides it here as soon as possible.


   “Reclaiming the Radical Politics of Self-Care: A Crip-of-Color Critique” South Atlantic Quarterly. 120.2 (2021): 325-342. (with Jina B. Kim)

  “Black Disability Gone Viral: A Critical Race Approach to Inspiration Porn” College Language Association Journal. 64.1 (2021): 100-120.

  “Wounded Warriors of the Future: Disability Hierarchy in Avatar and Source Code” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. 14.4 (2020): 403-419.

  “Integrating Race, Transforming Feminist Disability Studies” Signs. 46.1 (2020). 31-55. (with Jina B. Kim)

  “The Culture of Dissemblance and Contextualizing Black Disability.” Signs. 45.3 (2020): 535-540.

  “De-politicized Diversity in the American Girl Brand” Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 2.2 (2020): Article 7.
  “Foreword: Bodyminds, Science Fiction, and Disability Studies” Journal of Science Fiction. 3.2 (2019): 10-11.

  “Strategic Alterations and Afro-Asian Connections in Paul Beatty’s Tuff.” Mosaic. 51.1 (2018). 55-70.

  “Critical Disability Studies as Methodology” Lateral. 6.1 (2017)

  “Experience, Research, and Writing: Octavia E. Butler as an Author of Disability Literature.” Palimpsest. 6.2 (2017): 51-75.

  “Interpreting Disability Metaphor and Race in Octavia E. Butler’s ‘The Evening and the Morning and the Night.’” African American Review. 50.2 (2017) 139-151.

 “BeForever?: Disability in American Girl Historical Fiction.” Children’s Literature. 45 (2017) 164-187.

  “Disability and Women’s Writing” Cambridge Companion to Disability and Literature. eds. Stuart Murray and Clare Barker. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017. 170-184.

  “Reevaluating the Supercrip.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. 10.1 (2016) 71-86.

  “Ablenationalism in American Girlhood.” Girlhood Studies. 9.1 (2016). 36-52.

  “Happily Ever After for Whom?: Blackness and Disability in Romance Narratives.” Journal of Popular Culture. 49.6 (2016) 1249-1260.

 “Transing: Resistance to Eugenic Ideology in Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Journal of Modern Literature. 38.2 (2015) 148-161.

 “Beyond Analogies: Challenges of Teaching Black Disability Studies” in Dunhamn, Harris, Jarrett, Moore, Nishida, Price, Robinson, and Schalk’s “Developing and Reflecting on a Black Disability Studies Pedagogy: Work from the National Black Disability Coalition” Disability Studies Quarterly. 35.2 (2015)

  “Metaphorically Speaking: Disability Metaphors in Feminist Writing.” Disability Studies Quarterly. 33.4 (2013)

  “Coming to Claim Crip: Disidentification with/in Disability Studies” Disability Studies Quarterly. 33.2 (2013)

  “Self, Other, Other-Self: Going Beyond the Self/Other Binary in Contemporary Consciousness” Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology. 2.1 (2011). 197-210.