Dr. Sami Schalk (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her BA in English (Creative Writing) and Women’s Studies from Miami University, her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from University of Notre Dame, and her PhD in Gender Studies from Indiana University.
Dr. Schalk’s interdisciplinary research focuses broadly on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture, especially African American literature, speculative fiction, and feminist literature. She has published on literature, film, and material culture in a variety of peer-reviewed humanities journals. For a detailed list of publications and awards, see Dr. Schalk’s CV (last updated August 2019). Find links to her articles and other writing here.
Dr. Schalk’s first book Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke University Press 2018) argues that black women writers of speculative fiction reimagine the possibilities and limits of bodyminds, changing the way we read and interpret categories like (dis)ability, race, gender and sexuality within the context of these non-realist texts. She has begun a second book project on disability politics in contemporary Black art and activism, including the Black Panthers and the National Black Women’s Health Project.
Dr. Schalk also writes for mainstream outlets, serves as a board member for Freedom Inc., is a member of Community Pride Coalition of Madison, and once twerked with Lizzo. She identifies as a fat, black, queer, femme, cisgender, middle-class, polyamorous woman with chronic pain. She is also body-neutral, sex-positive, a pleasure activist, and a feminist. You can follow Dr. Schalk on Twitter and Facebook.