College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Jenifer Barclay

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Jenifer Barclay received her Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University in 2011 after completing a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies from 2009 to 2011. She was also a postdoctoral fellow in African American Studies (2011–12) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She has taught widely in African American, women's/gender, and disability history, most recently at the University of Akron, and is committed to bringing an interdisciplinary, intersectional perspective to both the classroom and her research.

Barclay's current book project, The Mark of Slavery: The Stigma of Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America, deals with both the lived experiences of enslaved people with disabilities as well as the metaphorical, ontological links that antebellum Americans forged between race, gender, and disability as a way to shore up tenuous racial categories and shifting gender relations in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. Her book manuscript will be under review with a major university press in fall 2013.

Her other publications include:

  • "The Greatest Degree of Perfection: Disability and Constructions of Race in American Slave Law" in The South Carolina Review (forthcoming Spring 2014)
  • "Mothering the Useless: Black Motherhood, Disability, and Slavery" in Women, Gender, and Families of Color (forthcoming 2014)
  • "Laughable Limps, One-Eyed Wenches, and Cross Dressing Dwarfs: Disability on the Minstrel Stage" in The Oxford Handbook on Disability History (forthcoming 2014)

Contact Dr. Barclay
Wilson-Short 112A

Spring 2015 Office Hours

Dr. Barclay will not be teaching or holding office hours during spring semester. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the main office at 509-335-2605.

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