Andrew Marcum is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is currently a dissertation research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. His dissertation examines the presentation of disability in contemporary public history including museum exhibitions on U.S. disability history. Andrew’s teaching and scholarship focuses broadly on the relationship between political activism and social change with an emphasis on the particular role of visual culture within social movements. In 2005, Andrew was honored by the University of New Mexico’s Department of American Studies with McNair Memorial Award for outstanding graduate student performance. Since 2007, he has served as a Graduate Teaching Instructor for UNM’s Research Service-Learning Program (RS-LP). RS-LP seeks to engage students in solving long-term challenges related to social justice, economic development, and environmental health through hands-on, community-based service-learning projects such as Lobo Gardens. The Lobo Gardens initiative works to develop campus and community gardens as spaces for learning about, and creating, positive social and environmental change. Andrew has presented original scholarship at numerous conferences including the 2012 Continuums of Service Conference in Seattle, WA. His most recent paper, entitled “Disability Rights and the Meanings of Helen Keller in the Neoliberal Moment,” was presented at the 2012 Society for Disability Studies Conference in Denver, CO.
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