Announcing Our 2021-2022 Visiting Scholars

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The NYU Center for Disability Studies is pleased to announce our Visiting Scholars for 2021-2022

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Indyara de Araujo Morais is a Fulbright Fellow from Brazil, part of the Ph.D. program in Public Health at the University of Brasilia. Her research is on the Brazilian Functional Index, which was built based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF). The instrument was applied to 7 thousand people in the health services of the Brazilian Unified Health System. She has worked for the Brazilian federal government in the General Coordination of Health for Persons with Disabilities and the National Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The focus of her doctoral thesis is how contextual factors (environmental barriers and personal factors) affect the assessment of disability, which according to the Brazilian Inclusion Law must be biopsychosocial. While at NYU, she hopes to engage in theoretical discussions in Disability Studies and place her work in the context of other local disability assessment systems.

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Catherine Jampel works at the intersection of feminist economic geography and disability studies. With the support of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), she is working on her book, Scales of Inclusion: Disability and Labor in the Twenty-First Century. The book draws on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in the world of government and corporate disability inclusion to elaborate how the concept of environmental microaggressions can inform our understanding of inclusive places, how branded identities circulate in the labor market, and how the production of uneven development is integral to the growth of disability participation in mainstream professional settings in the U.S. She hopes to connect, share work, and build community at NYU and in NYC – please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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