Michael Gill

Michael Gill
Associate Professor
Phone: 315.443.9074
Address: 350 Huntington Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Cultural Foundations of Education, Disability Studies

Michael Gill is an associate professor of disability studies in the School of Education at Syracuse University, USA. He is the disability studies minor advisor. Gill is the author of the Allergic Intimacies: Food, Disability, Desire, and Risk (Fordham University Press 2023) and  Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (University of Minnesota Press 2015). His chapbook Reflections from the Front Porch was published by Finishing Line Press in 2022. He co-wrote, with Alexis Boylan, Anna Mae Duane, and Barbara Gurr, Furious Feminisms: Alternate Routes on Mad Max: Fury Road (University of Minnesota Press 2020). He also co-edited, with Cathy Schlund-Vials, Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Ashgate 2014) and Creating Our Own Lives: College Students with Intellectual Disability (University of Minnesota Press 2023) with Beth Myers.



  • Ph.D. in Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
  • M.S. in Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004
  • B.A. in Literary Studies, Eastern Washington University, 2001
  • A.A. Spokane Falls Community College, 1999.
  • Graduate Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. Awarded by the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006.
  • Certificate in Disability Ethics. Awarded by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2004.

Research & Scholarship

Gill's research and teaching interests include feminist and queer disability studies, intellectual disability and sexuality, reproductive justice, food allergies, intersections of gender, race, and science, and masculinity studies.


  • 2017 Weixlmann Prize (with Nirmala Erevelles), African American Review.


Courses Taught


  • DSP 101, "Introduction to Disability Studies"
  • DSP 424, "Representations of Ability and Disability"
  • DSP 440, "Sociology of Disability"
  • HUM 145, "Introduction to Health Humanities"


  • DSP 710, "Bodies and Spaces"
  • DSP 700, "Intellectual Disability and Human Rights"
  • DSP 700, "Abolition and Carceral Politics"