About Simi Linton
My Body Politic
Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity
Resume for Simi Linton (pdf)
Recent speaking engagements
Video: Interview with Simi Linton for History Channel documentary on FDR
About Simi Linton, PhD
a writer, consultant and public speaker, Simi Linton is one of
foremost experts on disability and the arts. She works with a diverse
range of cultural organizations – theatre companies, film and
television producers, museums, non-profit arts organizations, universities,
and other groups across the country – to improve and increase
the way disability is represented and depicted in all art forms.
Her memoir, My Body Politic, was published in 2006 to critical
acclaim. Kirkus Reviews, the influential book industry newsletter,
struggles, joys, and political awakening of a firecracker of a narrator … Wholly
enjoyable.” She is currently touring with a theatrical/multi-media
adaptation of her memoir titled My Body Politic: An Illustrated History and
a documentary film based on My Body Politic is also in development.
A Switzer Distinguished Fellowship enabled her to complete her first book, Claiming
Disability: Knowledge and Identity (1998), which is widely
used in university courses in women’s studies, disability studies, and cultural studies. Dr.
Linton received a PhD in Counseling Psychology from New York University. She
left her faculty position in 1998 as Associate Professor of Psychology in the
Division of Education at Hunter College, after fourteen years of teaching, to
write and establish her consultancy, Disability/Arts. She has been co-director
of Columbia University’s Seminar
on Disability Studies since 2003.
Simi Linton is frequently invited
to address national conferences and speak at seminars of professional
associations, museums, universities, and national and regional
arts councils. She conducts seminars
on disability studies and speaks on topics such as disability
and conventions of theatre, gender and disability, and disability
and the Holocaust.
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