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Denise Marie Nepveux

Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, Occupational Therapy


2023-2024 Duke Climate and Sustainability Teaching Fellow

I am a qualitative researcher whose methods are informed by disability studies, critical ethnographic traditions and women's studies. Through community-based participatory research, I have collaborated in building knowledge with groups that are multiply marginalized, for example Ghanaian women with disabilities, low-income urban-dwelling older adults and LGBTQ+ youth with intellectual disabilities.

I am especially interested in community organizing. I focus on questions of how specific policies and practices impact people, what motivates people to join in collective struggles, what aids and hinders their working together, what participants learn through collective effort, and how their perceptions of themselves and their context are transformed by the experience.

I am also interested in performing arts as activism and as ways to translate knowledge to new audiences.

I welcome inquiries to collaborate on research and creative projects. 



Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery · 2022 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Occupational Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Illinois · 2009 Ph.D.