Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Disability Studies


Use this guide to learn more about resources and search tools available to students interested in disability studies. This guide is organized by resource type and is a starting place for your research. To learn more about our services and find additional resources, check out the Library's website. If you would like further assistance, check out our collection of research tutorials or get in touch. For a one-on-one research appointment, contact Prof. Cailean Cooney, the library's subject liaison for Disability Studies. 


Disability studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines disability to understand its meaning, nature, and how it is constructed in society through various dimensions, including historical, cultural, and political. Centering the lived experiences of people with disabilities is an organizing principle of this field.

Students may be interested in disability studies for personal, community, social, legal, political, academic, and professional reasons.