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Cassandra Hartblay

Former Title VIII Summer Research Scholar


    June 1, 2015 — July 31, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Transnational Disability Rights Policy in US-Russia Relations"

    Full Biography

    Cassandra Hartblay is an award-winning scholar of disability and postsoviet Russia. An ethnographer and cultural anthropologist by training, her work contributes to interdisciplinary conversations in queer/feminist disability studies, global studies, and infrastructure studies. Cassandra’s work on comparative regimes of productivity and dependency, as related to gender, disability, and the welfare state, received the competitive Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies in 2013. She has also worked as an applied qualitative researcher with the Soros Foundation, contributing to a collected volume on inclusive education in Central Asia. She is a dedicated ethnographer devoted to community engagement, critical praxis, social change, and fostering cross-cultural understanding. In addition to scholarly and popular writing, Cassandra’s documentary work includes oral history, digital archives, ethnographic theater, and documentary photography. Cassandra received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 10, 2015.

    Major Publications

    A Genealogy of (post-)Soviet Dependency: Disabling Productivity. 2013 Zola Award Article, Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(1), 2014.

    “Raising Children without Complexes : Successes and Shortcomings in Implementing Inclusive Education in Northern Kyrgyzstan” with Galina Ailchieva, in Learning to See Invisible Children: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Central Asia, ed. Kate Lapham and Martyn Rouse, June 2013.