Robert McRuer (born 1966) is an American theorist who has contributed to fields in transnational queer and disability studies. He is currently professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
McRuer received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1995. His books include The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities and Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability. McRuer has also edited Sex and Disability, with Anna Mollow, and Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies, with Abby L. Wilkerson.
McRuer’s work focuses on queer and crip cultural studies and critical theory. He is completing a book tentatively titled Crip Time: Essays on Disability, Sexuality, and Neoliberalism, considering locations of disability within contemporary political economies and the roles that disabled movements and representations play in countering hegemonic forms of globalization. His first book centered on contemporary LGBT writers, particularly LGBT writers of color, and his most recent book attends to cultural sites where critical queerness and disability contest heteronormativity and compulsory able-bodiedness.
List of publications
This is a partial list of publications by Robert McRuer:
- “A Visitation of Difference: Randall Kenan and Black Queer Theory”. (1993) Journal of Homosexuality, 26.2-3: 221-232.
- “Boys' Own Stories and New Spellings of My Name: Coming Out and Other Myths of Queer Positionality”. (1994) Genders, 260-260.
- The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities. (1997) New York University Press. (ISBN 978-0-8147-5555-6).
- “Critical Investments: AIDS, Christopher Reeve, and Queer/Disability Studies”. (2002) Journal of Medical Humanities, 23.3-4: 221-237.
- Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies. (2002, co-edited with Ellen Samuels) Special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 9.1/2.
- “As Good as it Gets: Queer Theory and Critical Disability”. (2003) GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 9.1-2: 79-105. PDF.
- “Composing Bodies; or, De-Composition: Queer Theory, Disability Studies, and Alternative Corporealities”. (2004) JAC, 24.1: 47-78. PDF.
- “Crip Eye for the Normate Guy: Queer Theory and the Disciplining of Disability Studies”. (2005) PMLA, 120.2: 586-592.
- “Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence”. (2006) In Lennard J. Davis, ed. The Disability Studies Reader. 2nd ed. Routledge. 88-99. PDF.
- Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability. (2006) Forward by Michael Bérubé. New York University Press. (ISBN 978-0-8147-5712-3).
- “We Were Never Identified: Feminism, Queer Theory, and a Disabled World”. (2006) Radical History Review, 94: 148-154.
- “Taking It to the Bank: Independence and Inclusion on the World Market”. (2007) Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 1.2: 5-14. PDF.
- “Disability Nationalism in Crip Times”. (2010) Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 4.2: 163-178.
- “Disabling Sex: Notes for a Crip Theory of Sexuality”. (2011) GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17.1: 107-117.
- Sex and Disability. (2012, co-edited with Anna Mollow) Duke University Press. (ISBN 978-0-8223-5154-2).