Kayley DeLong

PhD Student Kayley DeLong

Kayley DeLong

Ph.D. Student


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  • B.A., Comparative Ethnic Studies, Washington State University, 2018
  • B.A. minor, Queer Studies, Washington State University, 2018

Kayley DeLong (they/them and she/her) is a current PhD Student in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. They were born and raised in San Diego, California, and decided to pursue university out-of-state. They went on to obtain their Bachelor's in Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University. There, she participated in student activism and worked in both the campus LGBTQ+ Center and Women*s Center. She also developed an interest in theories surrounding Queer, Feminist subjectivity. Afterward they moved here to Columbus, Ohio to pursue graduate work.

DeLong's research interests are in disability theory, critical trauma studies, and history. Their recent focuses examine the ways cultural lore regarding illness, pain, death, and madness, particularly from the Mediterranean, has helped to create counter-narratives in which disabled subjects find subversive belonging. On the other hand, how constructs from these same regions, especially in Europe, have led to contemporary ideas of who is disabled and ailing being derived from eugenicist, imperialist, and capitalist enforcements of personhood.