Laura Mauldin

Associate Professor


I am a sociologist by training and specialize in health/illness, disability studies, science and technology studies (STS) and feminist scholarship. I am jointly appointed in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, which means I bring a critical feminist lens to all of my projects. Students who work with me can expect to focus on critical analysis of the various systems we have in place that to provide healthcare related-services. This is especially applicable in the context of deafness, chronic illness and/or disability. Often students in HDFS that work with me learn how to study the ways women, families and underrepresented communities interact with the healthcare system (including Early Intervention), gendered patterns of care work in families, and/or how to conduct rigorous qualitative research.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Sociology, City University of New York – Graduate Center
M.A., Deaf studies, Gallaudet University
B.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin


Professional Interests

  • Social, cultural, and ethical aspects of health, illness and healthcare
  • Disability studies/Deaf studies
  • Science and technology studies (STS)
  • Impact of medical knowledge and medical technologies on caregiving
  • Disability/chronic illness and care negotiation in the family
  • Feminist theory, the body, and identity


Contact Information
Phone+1 860 486 3106
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road U1058 Storrs, CT 06269-1058 USA
Office LocationFSB 303B
Office HoursBy Appointment
Disability and the Family
Qualitative Research Methods
Feminist Disability Studies
Gender and Science