Professor Dan Goodley

Dan Goodley


Dan is Professor of Disability Studies and Education and joined the University of Sheffield in 2012. He has previously worked at the Universities of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Research Interests

Dan is interested in theorising and challenging the conditions of disablism (the social, political, cultural and psycho-emotional exclusion of people with physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairments) and ableism (the contemporary ideals on which the able, autonomous, productive citizen is based). Dan hopes to engage with the expertise of non-normative children and their families to expose different ways of ‘being human’. This has extended his interest in critical disability studies to include ideas from queer theory, critical race, postcolonialism and feminism. Recent work has sought to disavow the category of the human; exemplified through the development of DisHuman studies.

Key Publications

Goodley, D. (2016). Disability studies: An inter-disciplinary introduction. 2nd Edition. London: Sage.

Goodley, D. (2014). Dis /ability Studies: Theorising disablism and ableism. London: Routledge.

Goodley, D., Hughes, B. and Davis, L. (Eds). (2012). Disability and Social Theory. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goodley, D., Runswick-Cole, K. and Liddiard, K. (2015) The DisHuman Child in Discourse: The Cultural Politics of Education DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075731#.Vh-V2844RDE

Goodley, D., Lawthom, R, & Runswick-Cole, K. (2014). Posthuman disability studies. Subjectivity. OPEN ACCESS.

Goodley, D. and Runswick Cole, K. (2014). Becoming dishuman: Thinking about the human through dis/ability. Discourse: Cultural politics of education. Published online June 2014. OPEN ACCESS.

Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2012). The body as disability and possability: Theorising the ‘leaking, lacking and excessive’ bodies of disabled children. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

Goodley, D. (2012). Dis/entangling Critical Disability Studies. Disability & Society, 27 (6).

Goodley, D. and Lawthom, R. (2011). Hardt and Negri and the geo-political imagination: Empire, Multitude and Critical Disability Studies. Critical Sociology.

Goodley, D. (2011). Social Psychoanalytic disability studies. Disability and Society, 26 (6). 715-728.

Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2011). The violence of disablism, Sociology of Health and Illness, 33 (4), 602–617