Julie Passanante Elman
Julie Passanante Elman is currently Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from the George Washington University and has previously served as Lecturer of Television Studies/Media Theory at University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Gender and Sexuality Studies in New York University's Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. There, she developed NYU’s first-ever undergraduate disability studies course. Elman’s research focuses broadly on disability studies; feminist and queer theory; science studies; and U.S. media and cultural history. Her monograph, Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and US Media Cultures of Rehabilitation (Social & Cultural Analysis Series, NYUP, 2014) shows how the representational figure of the teenager became a cultural touchstone for shifting notions of able-bodiedness, heteronormativity, and neoliberalism in the post-sexual liberation era. By analyzing how adolescence increasingly became represented as a disability, the book reveals how the teenager became a lynchpin for a US culture of perpetual rehabilitation and governmentality. Elman's research has also appeared in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Somatosphere, Television & New Media, and New Media & Society. Her work also appears in the first anthology dedicated to media studies of disability, Disability Media Studies (Elizabeth Ellcessor and William Kirkpatrick, eds, NYUP, 2017). She is currently working on a second monograph, Wearable You: Technology, Our Bodies, Ourselves, a cultural history of wearable technology that examines how disability, race, class, gender, and sexuality shape cultural ideas about the relationship among technology, health, and good citizenship. Elman currently serves on the editorial board of Disability Studies Quarterly and was elected as the Special Delegate for Disability Issues for the Modern Language Association (MLA). Her undergraduate courses include: Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies; Disability & Sexuality in U.S. Culture; Queer Cultural Politics; Feminist Theory; Feminist Methodologies, and Feminist Media Studies. In recognition of her teaching excellence, she earned the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award in 2015.