About Mark Sherry

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My work

I am a Professor of Sociology at The University of Toledo in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  I was initially employed as an Assistant Professor in 2004, then promoted with tenure to the role of Associate Professor in 2010 and next to Full Professor in 2014.

Current Writing Projects

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Sociology of Impairment book

I am writing a book which aims to provide a social model of impairment (as distinct from a social  model of disability). This will be published by Routledge.

Edited Disability Hate Speech Book

I am co-editing a book called "Disability Hate Speech"  alongside Terje Olsen,  John E. Eriksen  and Janikke S. Vedeler (all from Nordland Research Institute, Norway).  We have jointly written the Introduction, and I am also co-authoring a chapter on an Australian campaign against the R-word with Julia Hawkins.

Disability Hate Crime article

I am currently co-writing an article on disability hate crime alongside Prof. Hab Beata Borowska-Beszta, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland.

Sex Trafficking, Activism and Disability

I have written a chapter entitled "Sex Trafficking, Activism and Disability" for a forthcoming book edited by Karen Soldatic and Kelley Johnson  entitled "Disability, Activism and Advocacy."

Review of "Disability and Masculinities"

You can find my recent review of "Disability and Masculinities" in Disability and Society here https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599.2018.1438051

Brain Injury Article

I have written an article on brain injury for the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies entitled "Brain Injury Survivors: Impairment, identity and neoliberalism." It has been accepted and will come out in the Fall.

Recent Talks

American Sociological Association Conference

On August 11, I I gave a talk on "The invisibility of disability in sex trafficking activism (and the need to rethink sexual access") at the ASA conference in Philadelphia.

International Hate Studies Conference

I spoke at the conference International Network for Hate Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in  Oshawa, Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2018.  My talk was on "The Unique Characteristics of Disability Hate Crimes "

Malta Disability Studies Conference

I spoke at the  Euro-Conference on Disability Studies and Disability Activism in Malta on May 3.  My talk was entitled "Critiquing 'sex rights': Disabled men using disabled women who are victims of sex trafficking." 

Toruń Keynote

I gave a Keynote lecture at the  First International Seminar on Educational Ethnography and Disability Studies  at  Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland on 10 April 2018. My talk was entitled "Working with brain injury survivors from the inside out." 

Grand Valley State University

I spoke on "A Social Model of Impairment" at the Department of Sociology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan on February 26.

Nicolaus Copernicus University Online Conference

I spoke on "Strategies for improving student learning in an online environment" at the Online Conference "Virtuality and education - future perspectives" hosted by Nicolaus Copernicus University,  Poland on May 30.

In the news


Southern Poverty Law Center

My book, "Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?" was quoted in the August edition of the Southern Poverty Law Center newsletter. "Intelligence Report."


Facilitated Communication Conference

I oppose Facilitated Communication as a discredited, pseudoscientific sham.  Unfortunately, some universities continue to market it. Here is a story where I was quoted about it. 


Stubblefield Rape Case

"Inside Higher Education" ran a story on the conviction of the Disability Studies/Ethics Professor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a disabled man.  I was quoted in the story.


Grand Valley University Lecture

My talk at the Grand Valley State University was covered in the Grand Valley Lanthorn newspaper. http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2018/02/news-mark-sherry-lecture