Jessica Horvath Williams is a postdoctoral fellow in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and the co-chair of the Critical Disability Studies Collective at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and researches at the crossroads of 19th century U.S. Literature and feminist disability studies, with emphases on questions of women’s writing, domestic labor, and debility. She is a disability activist and educator in the Twin Cities, who trains healthcare professionals on disability issues, and their intersections of these issues with race, gender/sexuality, and citizenship. Her work has appeared in Studies in American Fiction.


  • 2015-Present: Ph.D, English, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 2014: M.A, English, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 2007: B.A., English Literature, University of Oklahoma


  • Horvath Williams, Jessica. “‘Unlike the Average’: Mental Disability as Narrative Form and Social Critique in Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.Studies in American Fiction 45, no. 1 (2018): 91-117. doi:10.1353/saf.2018.0004

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    • Modern Language Association

    • Society for Disability Studies

    • C19: Society of 19th Century Americanists

    • Society for the Study of American Women Writers

    • National Women’s Studies Association

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