Jasper Conner

Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Dissertation Title:
Twice a Problem: Black Disability in the Segregated South

Jasper works on the history of disabled African Americans in the modern U.S. South. Combining archival research with oral history, his work explores the lived experiences of Black disabled people at residential schools, at work, and in the community. His work is informed by the birth of his second child, who is Deaf. Disability Studies Quarterly is publishing his article “Blind and Deaf Together: Cross-Disability Community at Virginia’s Residential School for Black Disabled Youth” in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal. Jasper is on the Board of Directors of the Disability History Association. His research has been supported by the Archie K. Davis Fellowship, Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship, VCU Publishing Research Award, and the William P. Heidrich Research Fellowship.

The College of William & Mary