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 Melissa  Welch

Melissa Welch

Melissa Welch






Curriculum Vitae


Melissa Jane Welch is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Melissa Jane is a critical sociologist who specializes in health, illness, and disability; intersectionality; social movements and collective behavior. She is well versed in the use of a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Her dissertation, "Decreased Visibility: A Narrative Analysis of Contested Illness and Invisible Disability" examines the interconnectivity between narratives of disability at the personal, cultural, and institutional level with an emphasis on the intersection of disability, race, and gender.

Her published work can be found in Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World (Berger & Lorenz, Eds, 2015) and volume 9 of Research in Social Science and Disability (Green & Barnartt, Eds, 2017).

In addition to her dissertation, other works in progress include: a recently accepted article for Sociological Compass titled "Takin' it to the Streets: Collective Identity as Process and Product in the Disability Rights Movement"; an article examining the cultural reception of disability humor; and a project examining the intersectional experiences of immigrant parents raising children with disabilities in the United States.

In addition to research, Melissa Jane is firmly committed to teaching and has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate level, including Disability and Society, Medical Sociology, Social Science Statistics, Research Methods, Introduction to Sociology, and courses in Social Problems.

Advisor : Sara Green