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Lezlie Frye

Lecturer/Associate Director of Graduate Program

lfrye@umass.edu

(413) 545-1922

W475 South College

Lezlie's work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the historical production of disability, race, gender, and sexuality in the United States. Her scholarship focuses on histories of state violence, changing forms of citizenship, and social movements between the 1970s and the present. Lezlie completed her Ph.D. in the American Studies Program, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, from New York University and her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and History from the University of Oregon. She was the 2014-15 Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Fisher Center for Gender Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and brings a strong record of teaching in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for the last five years. Lezlie is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation entitled Enabling Genealogies: Post-Civil Rights Racial Disenfranchisement and the Birth of the Disabled Citizen, which traces how disability has fundamentally enabled the expansion of the law-and-order state, the privatization of home and health care, the disintegration of welfare, and the deregulation of labor since the 1970s. Lezlie’s academic work is preceded by over a decade of popular education, activism, and organizing work that coheres around disability, racial, and economic justice. She has spent much of the last decade in Brooklyn, where she has been a working artist, dancer, yoga and meditation teacher, and fellow activist to domestic worker organizers, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Third Root Community Health Center, and more!

 

Research Areas

historical production of disability, race, gender, and sexuality in the United States; histories of state violence, changing forms of citizenship, and social movements between the 1970s and the present

Courses Recently Taught

Introduction to Feminist Disability Studies
Gender and Difference:  Critical Analyses