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Aimi Hamraie

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

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Tuesdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm CST

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PhD, Emory University


Aimi Hamraie is associate professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and American Studies, and director of the Mapping Access Project at Vanderbilt University. Hamraie’s interdisciplinary scholarship bridges critical disability, race, and feminist studies, architectural history, and science and technology studies. Their publications include Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and articles in American Quarterly, Built Environments, Design and CultureDisability Studies QuarterlyFoucault StudiesHypatia: journal of feminist philosophyphiloSOPHIAAge Culture HumanitiesDisability Space Architecture, and The Politics of Place and Space: Exclusions, Resistance, Alternatives.

As an instructor, Hamraie brings techniques from humanistic and design education into the classroom, incorporating environmental audits, sketching, and iterative design charrettes alongside critical theory and history into the study of disability and design. Hamraie has also innovated classroom participation through the use of technologies, such as Twitter, in a commitment to the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Hamraie’s courses include MHS 242: Bionic Bodies, Cyborg Cultures, MHS 248: Medical Humanities, MHS 290: Theories of the Body, MHS 290: Public Health and the Built Environment, and MHS 300: Introduction to Graduate Study in Medicine, Health, & Society.


  • Critical disability studies
  • Crip and feminist technoscience
  • Design and architecture

Current Projects

Mapping Access is a participatory mapping, data collection, and Crip technoscience project that draws upon principles of Disability Justice, Intersectionality, and spatial practice to explore mapping as a tool for social justice.

Public Bodies, Healthy Spaces draws upon ethnographic data conducted in contemporary Nashville, Tennessee to study the politics of urban design interventions for public health.

Representative Publications

Hamraie, Aimi. Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

Hamraie, Aimi. “Universal Design and the Problem of Post-Disability Ideology,” Design and Culture 8.3 (November 2016): 1-25.

Hamraie, Aimi (2016) Beyond Accommodation: Disability, Feminist Philosophy, and the Design of Everyday Academic Life. philoSOPHIA. 6(2): 260-272.

Hamraie, Aimi. “Historical Epistemology as Disability Studies Methodology: from the models framework to Foucault’s archaeology of cure,” Foucault Studies 19, June 2015, 108-134. ISSN: 1832.

Hamraie, Aimi. “Cripping Feminist Technoscience” (peer reviewed review essay), Hypatia: journal of feminist philosophy 30.1 (Winter 2015): 307-313. DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12124.

Hamraie, Aimi. “Designing Collective Access: a feminist disability theory of Universal Design,” Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 (2013):
*Reprinted in Disability, Space, Architecture, edited by Jos Boys. London: Routledge (February 2017).

Hamraie, Aimi. “Universal Design Research as a New Materialist Practice,” Disability Studies Quarterly 32.4 (2012):

Hamraie, Aimi. “Proximate and Peripheral: Ableist Discourses of Space and Vulnerability Surrounding the UNCRPD,” in The Politics of Space and Place: Exclusions, Resistance, Alternatives (ed. C. Certoma, N. Clewer, & D. Elsey). Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012: 145-169.