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Liat Ben-Moshe

Liat Ben Moshe

Assistant Professor, Disability Studies

MS 920
4420C University Hall
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Phone: 419 530 7265 





Social theory; incarceration and decarceration; Mad Studies; Sociology of disability; Disability culture; Activism and resistance; Inclusive pedagogy


DST 2020: Disability in the US 

DST/WGST/PSC/LST 4980 and MLS 6500: Asylums, Prisons and Total Institutions 

DST 3020: Definitions of Disability 

DST 3030: Issues in Disability Studies 

DST 4980: Disability and the veteran  



2013- Present: Assistant Professor in Disability Studies, University of Toledo 

2011- 2013: Postdoctoral fellow at the department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago 


2002 – 2011: PhD in Sociology, Syracuse University. Dissertation: Genealogies of resistance to incarceration: Abolition politics in anti-prison and deinstitutionalization activism in the U.S. 

2008: Certificate of Advance Study in Disability Studies, Syracuse University 

2005: Certificate of Advance Study in Women and Gender Studies, Syracuse University 

2000 - 2001: Graduate Courses in Sociology, Tel Aviv University, Israel 

1996 - 2000: B.A. Honors (Magna Cum Laude), Sociology & Anthropology; B.A Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Israel 



Ben-Moshe, L., Chapman, C. and Carey, A. (eds.) (2014). Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the US and Canada. With a foreword by Angela Y. Davis. Palgrave McMillan Press (http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/disability-incarcerated-liat-benmoshe/?K=9781137404053

Ben-Moshe, L., Feldbaum, M., Cory, R. and Sagendorf, K. (eds.)(2005). Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum. Syracuse, NY: Graduate School, Syracuse University (distributed and sold by SU Press) 

Select Publications 

Ben-Moshe, L. and Meiners, E. (Fall 2014) Beyond Prisons, Mental Health Clinics: When Austerity Opens Cages, Where Do the Services Go? Public Eye (special topic: neoliberalism). Available at http://www.politicalresearch.org/2014/10/09/beyond-prisons-mental-health-clinics-when-austerity-opens-cages-where-do-the-services-go/# 

Ben-Moshe, L. (2013). Disabling Incarceration: Connecting Disability to Divergent Confinements in the USA. Critical Sociology 37 (7) 

Ben-Moshe, L. (2011). The Contested meaning of “Community” in Discourses of Deinstitutionalization and Community Living in the Field of Developmental Disability. Research in Social Science and Disability Vol. 6, Special issue on Disability and Community, 241-264 

Ben-Moshe, L. and Colligan, S. (eds.)(2007). The State of Disability in Israel/Palestine. Special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly 27 (4), with Introduction by the editors 

Ben-Moshe, L. and Powell, J. (2007) Sign of our times? Revisi(tin)g the International Symbol of Access. Disability & Society Vol. 22, Issue 5: 489- 506 

Ben-Moshe, L. (Spring 2006). Infusing Disability in the Curriculum: The Case of Saramago’s Blindness. Disability Studies Quarterly, 26 (2) 

Select Book Chapters  

Chapman, C., Ben-Moshe, L. & Carey, A. C. (2014) Reconsidering confinement: Interlocking locations and logics of confinement.  In Ben-Moshe, L., Chapman, C. and Carey, A. (eds.) Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in US and Canada. Palgrave McMillan Press (http://www.palgrave.com/resources/sample-chapters/9781137404053_sample.pdf

Ben, Moshe, L. (2013) “The institution yet to come:” Analysing incarceration through a disability lens. In Davis, L. J. (ed.) The Disability Studies Reader, Fourth Edition. Routledge 

Ben-Moshe, L. (2013) The tension between abolition and reform. In Nagel, M. and Nocella, A. J. II (eds.). The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement. Rodopi Press: Value Inquiry Book Series 

Ben-Moshe, L., Nocella, A. J. II and Withers, AJ (2013) Queer-Cripping Anarchism: Intersections and Reflections on Anarchism, Queer-ness, and Dis-Ability. In Darling, C. Rogue, J. , Shannon, D. and Volcano, A. (eds.) Queering Anarchism. AK Press 

Ben-Moshe, L., Hill, D., Nocella, A. J. II, and Templer, B. (2009). Dis-Abling Capitalism and an Anarchism of ‘Radical Equality’ in Resistance to Ideologies of Normalcy. In Amster, R., DeLeon, A., Fernandez, L., Nocella, A., Shannon, D. (eds.) Contemporary Anarchist Studies. Routledge Press. 

Ben-Moshe, L. (2005). Lame Idea: Disabling Language in the Classroom. In Ben-Moshe, L., Feldbaum, M., Cory, R. and Sagendorf, K. (eds.)Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum. Syracuse, NY: Graduate School, Syracuse University 


Outstanding Dissertation Award, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2012 

Outstanding Teaching Award, Graduate School, Syracuse University, 2011 

University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation 2009-2010 

Sociology dissertation fellowship, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University 2009- 2010 

Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship 2002 – 2005 

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) student scholarship award, 2005 

Francis Macmillan Parks Women of Influence Award recipient, 2004 


American Studies Association 

  • Co-founder of the Critical Disability Studies caucus (2014)
  • Society for Disability Studies
  • Elected Board member (2009-2013)
  • Co-chair of program committee (2011 conference) 

 Society for the Study of Social Problems 

  • Co-Founder of the Disability division of SSSP
  • Chair of the accessibility committee (2007-2009) 

American Sociological Association 

  • Chair of the membership committee, Disability Section in formation (2008-2011)
  • Member of Disability; Crime, Law and Deviance and Teaching & Learning sections 

Co-Founder and member of the Israeli Disability Studies Network

Last Updated: 6/26/15