Adam P. Newman


B.A., Vassar College, 2011


Raised in New York City, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 2011 with a major in English and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. My research at Emory has centered on representations of race and disability in American literature, focusing in particular on those representations that portray the intersection of these two forms of difference. In order to more accurately grasp the wide diversity of such representations, I deliberately read American literature across the color line, looking at how writers from varying racial standpoints have characterized the relations between race and disability. Outside of my scholarly work, I have been actively involved in raising disability consciousness, most recently by working with Emory University's Office of Community and Diversity to design and co-facilitate their new Community Dialogue on Disability.

Research Interests:

  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • African-American Literature
  • Jewish-American Literature
  • Disability Studies


"Introducing Black Disability Studies: A Modest Beginning," Review of Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions, Ed. Chris Bell; Disability Studies Quarterly, 32.3 (Summer 2012).

Review of Conjoined Twins in Black and White: The Lives of Millie-Christine McKoy and Daisy and Violet Hilton, Ed. Linda E. Frost; Callaloo, 35.3 (Summer 2012). 

Conference Papers:

"The first victim of the Holocaust was disabled, or why we need a Jewish Disability Studies." Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference; Denver, CO: June 2012.

 "Boxed In: Ideologies of Ability in Black Masculinity." Queering/Embodying: Materiality Beyond Identity: Studies in Sexualities Graduate Student Conference; Atlanta, GA: January 2012.

"An Aberration in the Heartland of Ability: Postmodern Dyslexia and Historical Fiction in Don DeLillo's Libra." SAMLA; Atlanta, GA: November 2011.