Dr Alison Sheldon
Senior Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies
Having completed a BSc in Psychology at Leeds University and worked in publishing for several years, I returned to the University to work on my PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.
My thesis – Disabled People and Communication Systems in the Twenty First Century – was completed in 2001. I was then employed as a Research Fellow before taking up my current post as Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies.
My research interests include disability and technology, disability and feminism and global perspectives on disability.
I am course tutor for the School’s postgraduate diploma/MA Disability Studies programmes, teach disability studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and am convenor of the MA module in Disability and Development.
I developed the online course materials for the postgraduate diploma/MA in Disability Studies and oversee their maintenance.
I am currently jointly supervising two PhD students and would welcome the opportunity to supervise further students in the broad area of Disability Studies.
Chapters in Books
Barnes, C.; Sheldon, A. (2007) 'Emancipatory' Disability Research and Special Educational Needs. In: L. Florian (ed.) Handbook of Special Educational Needs, Sage.
Sheldon, A. (2006) Disability. In: Harrington, A., Marshall, B. & Muller, H.P. (eds.) The Routledge Dictionary of Social Theory, Routledge.
Sheldon, A. (2005) One world, one people, one struggle? Toward the global implementation of the social model of disability. In: Barnes, C and Mercer, G (eds.) Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Europe and the Majority World, The Disability Press, University of Leeds.
Sheldon, A. (2004) Changing Technology. In: Swain, J., French, S., Barnes, C. and Thomas, C. (eds.) Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, Sage.
Sheldon, A. (1999) Personal and perplexing: feminist disability politics evaluated, Disability and Society, Vol. 14 (5).