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Prof. Mark Sherry, Dept. of Sociology , University of Toledo,"A Sociology of Impairment and Disability". LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Prof. Mark Sherry

Prof. Mark Sherry

Date and Time

Monday, February 26, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Lake Michigan Hall 176


In this talk, Professor Sherry will discuss his current research on impairment and disability, from his forthcoming book A Sociology of Impairment (Routledge, 2019).  Drawing on interviews with 400 people with various health conditions, Sherry proposes a “social model of impairment” which recognizes the social creation and social construction of impairment; highlights differences between impairment-specific and disability organizations and identities; incorporates individual experiences by adopting a situated, intersectional phenomenology; and highlights the complex relationship between identity, embodiment and impairment.

Professor Mark Sherry earned his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia in 2002 on the topic of Acquired Brain Injury and its impact in terms of impairment, disability, identity and embodiment. He then went on to do post-doctoral fellowships at Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His first academic appointment was as the first Endowed Chair in Disability Studies at The University of Toledo, and then moved to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology where he is a Full Professor of Sociology. He has published on five main areas: Traumatic Brain Injury; abuse and hate crimes against disabled people; human trafficking of disabled people; social theory; and the labor movement. His books include If I only had a brain: Deconstructing brain injury, and Disability hate crimes: Does anyone really hate disabled people? both published by Routledge. He is editor of the Routledge Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Series and was Chair of the Disability Section of the American Sociological Association from 2015-2016. He gave the keynote talk for the Disability stream of the British Sociological Association in 2015 and has also been the keynote speaker at many local, national and international conferences. He was featured in the film Brain Injury Dialogues, which was broadcast on PBS for many years.


Joel Stillerman,, 616-331-3129

Laurel Westbrook,, 616-331-3198

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Office of the Provost, GVSU

Free and open to the public



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