Cynthia Barounis

Cynthia Barounis

Senior Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
English, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
research interests:
  • Queer theory
  • Disability studies
  • Mad studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Masculinities
  • History of science and medicine

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    One Brookings Drive
    MSC 1078-0137-02
    St. Louis, MO 63130

Cynthia Barounis’s research and teaching interests include disability studies, queer theory, feminist theory, literary and cultural studies, and masculinities. Her book, Vulnerable Constitutions: Queerness, Disability, and the Remaking of American Manhood (Temple University Press, 2019), was awarded the National Women's Studies Association's 2020 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize. Her work has appeared in GLQ, Women's Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Visual Culture, the Journal of Modern Literature, and others. She is currently at work on a new book that uses crip theory and biopolitics to revisit the camp aesthetic.