Marion L Quirici
Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

Marion Quirici is a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program and Co-director of the Health Humanities Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Through the Health Humanities Lab, Dr. Quirici runs an interdisciplinary faculty working group called the Disability and Access Initiative. Her research, situated in disability studies and Irish studies, examines the role of disability stereotypes and fears of degeneration in nationalist ideologies.

Dr. Quirici is a recipient of the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, the Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation, and the Duke University Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing. Her article on the autistic genius stereotype is among the “most read” in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and she has published several articles on disability studies and Irish literature. Her book project, tentatively titled “Fitness for Freedom: Disability and Democracy in Irish Modernism,” argues that certain Irish modernists subverted nationalist claims of racial fitness and purity by using mad, degenerate, and disabled experiences to model -- or mourn -- interdependent communities.

Dr. Quirici's courses train students to critique and revise cultural assumptions about disability by analyzing language, the media, popular representations, the law, institutional spaces and practices, and the built environment. Past courses include "Disability and Representation," "Literature and Medicine," "Modernism and Madness," and "Neurodiversity, Narrative, Activism." In addition to teaching, Dr. Quirici advises the Duke Disability Alliance, a student organization working to make the college experience more accessible and inclusive.

In the community Dr. Quirici is active in the Independent Living movement, serving on the board of directors for the Alliance of Disability Advocates in Raleigh.

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