Anastasia Todd

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  • Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • Social Theory
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Research Interests:

 Ph.D., Gender Studies, Arizona State University

 B.A., Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University



Anastasia Todd is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky. Broadly, her research investigates the intersections of disability and affect from a feminist disability studies perspective. Her current book project, tentatively titled Cripping Girlhood, uncovers how representations of disabled girlhood work to construct an affective roadmap to “good” citizenship at the beginning of the 21st century in the United States. Tracing how the disabled girl’s body becomes a conduit for specific affects, such as benevolence, optimism, happiness, and suspicion, she shows the process by which certain disabled girls become recognized and incorporated into the national imaginary and become the linchpin of an affective post-ADA narrative that tethers disability to nationalism. 

Her new research project, in collaboration with Heather Switzer (WGS, Arizona State University) explores the intersection of invisible disability and young womanhood through creating and analyzing an archive of invisible disability narratives. As a cripistemological intervention, the project seeks to expand disability studies by taking seriously bodyminds that experience ableism yet have an uneasy and tenuous relationship with disability as it has been conventionally defined—that is, as physical, unchanging, and visible.  

Todd's teaching interests include feminist theory, disability studies, affect theory, crip and queer theory, intersectionality, and sexuality and body studies.

Selected Publications: 

Anastasia Todd. 2018.  “Virtual (Dis)orientations and the Luminosity of Disabled Girlhood.” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 11(3): 34-49.

Anastasia Todd. 2018. “‘I Am Crying…This Really Touched My Heart’: Disabled Girlhood and the Thick Materiality of the Virtual.” In Youth Mediations and Affective Relations, Eds. Susan Driver and Natalie Coulter. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 15-31.

Anastasia Todd. 2016. Disabled Girlhood and Flexible Exceptionalism in HBO’s Miss You Can Do It.” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 9(1): 21-35.

Anastasia Todd. 2015. “‘Cute Girl in Wheelchair—Why?’: Cripping YouTube.” With Rachel Reinke. Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. 25(2)168-174.