Michael Gill is assistant professor of disability studies in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education. He is also an affiliated faculty member with Women’s and Gender Studies. Gill has an impressive record as an educator and a researcher. He began his academic career in 2010 at the University of Connecticut as an assistant professor in residence, in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He also taught in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held an appointment in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College prior to his move to Syracuse. As a scholar, Gill is the author of the book Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (University of Minnesota Press 2015) and has another book in progress. He also co-edited, with Cathy Schlund-Vials, Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Ashgate 2014). He has written an extensive number of journal articles, book chapters, and presented at numerous conferences, most recently at the American Studies Association Conference. Gill has a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies and Disability Ethics.

Research Interests:

His research and teaching interests include feminist and queer disability studies, intellectual disability and sexuality, reproductive justice, food allergies, intersections of gender, race, and science, and masculinity studies

Professor Michael Gill
Professor Michael Gill

Presentations (selected):

  • “Precarious Kisses: Allergic Reactions Through Fluid Exchanges.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Milwaukee, WI. November 2015.
  • “Kiss Me, Kill Me: Whiteness, Privilege, and Food Allergies.” American Studies Association Conference. Toronto, ON. October 2015.
  • “Not Just an Able-Bodied Privilege: Toward an Ethic of Parenting.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies. Minneapolis, MN. June 2014.
  • “Ambivalent Sexuality and Reproduction: Intellectual Disability and Ablest Exclusions.” American Studies Association Conference. Washington, DC. November 2013.
  • “Peanuts and Parents: Cripping Food Allergies.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies. Denver, CO. June 2012.
  • “Accessing the Masculine: Intellectual Disability, Sexuality, and Masculinity.” Annual American Men’s Studies Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN. March 2012.
  • “Confronting Ableism: Public Mocking and Regulation of Sexuality.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2011.

Publications (selected):


  • Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (The University of Minnesota Press 2015)

Edited Collection:

  • Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Co-edited with Cathy Schlund-Vials, 2014 Ashgate Publishing).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Protesting ‘The Hardest Hit’: Disability Activism and the Limits of Human Rights and Humanitarianism” with Cathy-Schlund-Vials (co-author) in Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism. Michael Gill and Cathy Schlund-Vials (Ed.) Farnham: Ashgate Publishing 2014: 1-14
  • The Specials Meet the Lady Boys of Bangkok: Sexual and Gender Transgression and Smashing Intellectual Disability.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 34(3-4) 2012: 156-169.
  • “Sex Can Wait, Masturbate: The Politics of Masturbation Training.” Sexualities 15(3-4) 2012: 472-493.
  •  “Rethinking Sexual Abuse, Questions of Consent, and Intellectual Disability.” Sexual Research and Social Policy. 7(3) September 2010: 201-213.
  • “Sex Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Crisis Response, Sexual Diversity, and Pleasure.” in The Myth of the Normal Curve. Curt Dudley-Marling and Alex Gurn (Ed). New York: Peter Lang. 2010: 171-186.


  • DSP 200 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • DSP 400 Communities and Integration
  • DSP 614 Critical Issues in Dis/Ability
  • DSP 700 Intellectual Disability and Human Rights