Disability Studies

Ally Day

Ally Day

Ally Day, Associate Professor

Phone: 419-530-7241
University Hall 4420 C

MS 920
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390


Critical Disability Studies; Disability Life Writing; Autobiographical Studies; Feminist Disability Studies; Feminist and Mad Studies Perspectives on Mental Illness; Disability and Reproductive Justice; Women and Chronic Illness; Disability and Multiracial Feminisms; Disability and the Social Contract; Disability, New Social Movement Theory, and Coalition-Building; Interdisciplinary Perspectives on HIV; Feminist Disability Methodology; Disability and the Environment; Disability, Pregnancy, and Bioethics.


  2014 Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Women’s, gender and sexuality studies graduate interdisciplinary specialization: disability studies 
  2009 M.A., Simmons College, Boston, MA.
Gender and cultural studies
  2005 B.F.A., B.A., University of Maine at Farmington
Creative writing and political science
  2014 – present Assistant Professor, The University of Toledo


Book manuscripts
Revised and Resubmitted Crip Reimaginings of Memoir and Medicine
 In-Progress Gestational Ableism: Disability, Pregnancy, and Radical Future
Book Chapters
  "Disabling Birth: Prognostic Certainty and the Gestating Citizen of the Contemporary Midwifery Movement." in The United States: Untangling Identity in the New American Studies. eds. Chansky, Ricia, and Beard, Laura. Under review.
  "Postfeminist Motherhood? Reading a Differential Deployment of Identity in American Women’s HIV Narrative." in Disabling Domesticity. ed. Michael Rembis. New York: Palgrave. 2017.
  "Zika: Exploring Logics of Contagion, Containment and Prognostic Certainty Through Feminist Disability Theory" Feminist Formations Special Issue: Queer/Crip Contagions. eds. McGuire, Anne, and Fritsch, Kelly. Forthcoming.
  "The Contagious Line of HIV: Tory Dent’s Chronic Poetics as Bioethical Theory and Praxis." The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. 1.1. 2017. ed. Bolt, David. Winter 2017.
  "Resisting Disability, Claiming HIV: Introducing the Ability Contract and Conceptualizations of Liberal Citizenship." The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 3:3. ed. Dolmage, Jay. Fall 2014.
  "Embodied Triumph and Political Mobilization: Reading Marvelyn Brown’s The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive." Journal of Autobiography 28.1. eds. Hipchen, Emily, and Chansky, Ricia. Chapel Hill, NC. Summer 2013.
  "Toward a Feminist Reading of the Disability Memoir: The Critical Necessity for Intertextuality in Marya Hornbacher’s Wasted and Madness." Disability Studies Quarterly, 31:2. eds. Brueggeman, Brenda, and Danforth, Scott. Columbus, OH. Summer 2011.
Digital Media
  Rust Belt HIV Oral History Project. The University of Toledo, Ward M. Canaday Center. Interviewer and curator: digitally archived six oral histories. Ongoing.
  "Our Workplaces are not ready for the coming Silver Tsunami." Slate MagazineBetter Life Lab Blog. December 2017.
Book Reviews
  "Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS and the Course of Health Activism." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2017. 289 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-5179-0001-4. and "The Course of Health Activism." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2017. 289 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-5179-0001-4. in The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Vol 6:4. ed. Dolmage, Jay. Fall 2017.
  "The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015, pp 181, ISBN: 978-0-8166-9403-7. in The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Vol 5:1. ed. Dolmage, Jay.
Editorial Experience
  Disability Studies Quarterly.  Co-editor, Sept 2015 - Dec 2019. 
  "Interventions in Disability Studies Pedagogy." Disability Studies Quarterly, Special Issue. Co-editor. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Spring 2015.
  Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies. The Ohio State University, Columbus. eds Latoree, Guisela, and Wu, Judy. Editorial assistant, May 2012 - May 2013.
Last Updated: 5/17/20