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. After graduation, she was also a postdoctoral fellow in African American Studies (2011–12) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Barclay teaches widely in African American, women's/gender, and disability history 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 is under contract with the University of Illinois Press and will appear in the cutting edge book series Disability Histories.
Her other publications include:
- "Disability, Race, and Gender on the Antebellum Stage." Catherine Kudlick, Kim Nielsen, and Michael Rembis, eds., The Oxford Handbook on Disability History (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).
- "Mothering the 'Useless': Black Motherhood, Disability, and Slavery." Sandy Magana and Liat Ben Moshe, guest eds., Women, Gender, and Families of Color, 2, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 115–140.
- "The Greatest Degree of Perfection: Disability and the Construction of Race in American Slave Law" in Rhondda Thomas and Angela Naimou, eds., "Locating African American Literature," South Carolina Review, 46, No. 2 (Spring 2014): 27–43.
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