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Ph.D. Student in Spanish | Dey 215

At UNC Since 2017


UNC-Chapel Hill: M.A. Romance Studies, concentration in Literatures, Languages, and Cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas

UNC-Chapel Hill: B.A. Global Studies with concentrations in Latin America and Global Health and Environment, second major in Hispanic Literature and Culture with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sciences


Elizabeth Jones is a PhD student in the Spanish department at UNC-Chapel Hill. Though she has spent most of her life living and working in North Carolina, Elizabeth has traveled extensively in Latin America. These trips include studying abroad and working in Costa Rica as well as trip leading in both Costa Rica and Peru. Elizabeth’s experiences traveling deepened her interest in Latin America, and she continues to research the region in her PhD projects.

At the end of her bachelor’s degree, Elizabeth had a severe accident that was the catalyst for a passionate interest in disability studies. As a master’s student, she focused on autobiographical and personal texts created by people who developed disabilities as adults. Elizabeth wrote her final master’s project on disability identity in Frida Kahlo’s diary, which has since been published in the journal Disability in the Global South. She stepped away from academia for two years to teach in the North Carolina public school system, but returned to UNC in 2017 after receiving the Irene Dillard Eliot Fellowship. Elizabeth’s dissertation project examines the intersections of disability, desire, and women’s bodies in novels and photographs from Spanish America.

In addition to her love for teaching and her academic pursuits, Elizabeth is also active in the disability community. She serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Board for UNC Hospital’s physical rehabilitation center and as the Graduate Representative for UNC’s Disability Advisory Committee. Elizabeth has also been a guest speaker for the UNC’s medical school and rehabilitation counseling programs and has served as coordinator for a UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies working group on disability, illness, and health in Latin America.


  • “Medicine, Subjectivity, and the Representation of Disability in Una posibilidad entre mil.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 13, no. 4, 2019, pp. 411-27.
  • “A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain.” Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives, edited by G. Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz, Macmillan Reference USA, 2019, pp. 79-82.
  • “The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait.” Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives, edited by G. Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz, Macmillan Reference USA, 2019, pp.187-190.
  • “Frida Kahlo and Pendular Disability Theory: An Examination of El diario de Frida Kahlo.” Disability in the Global South, vol. 5, no. 1, spring 2018, pp. 1234-51.
  • Review of Cognitive Disability Aesthetics: Visual Culture, Disability, Representations, and the (In)Visibility of Cognitive Difference by Benjamin Fraser. Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, vol. 72, no. 2, 2018, pp. 322-24.
  • “For Us All.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 3, 2017.“
  • Review of Changing Women, Changing Nation by Yajaira M. Padilla, A Contracorriente, vol. 11, no. 3, Spring 2014, pp. 368 – 72.


  • Review of Disability in Spanish-speaking and U.S. Chicano Contexts: Critical and Artistic Perspectives edited by Dawn Slack, Karen L. Rauch. Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. Forthcoming 2020.

Conference and presentation experience

  • Panelist, “Graphic Medicine’s Textual Transactions.” Modern Language Association Conference. January 6, 2019.
  • Workshop participant, Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: Society for Disability Studies Strand. April 17, 2018
  • Panelist, “Graduate School and Public Service.” Carolina Center for Public Service. January 28, 2015.
  • Co-presenter, “Beyond the Textbook: How to Engage Students Without Going Nuts!” Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Conference. October 4, 2014 and February 21, 2015.
  • Panelist, “Crossing Borders, Conquering Boundaries: Studying Abroad with Disability.” UNC Study Abroad Services and Accessibility Services. March 31, 2014.


  • SPAN 101
  • SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I
  • IDST 296: Course Correspondents
  • IDST 184: Research Beyond Academia (teaching assistant)
  • HBEH 610: Alternative Spring Break (teaching assistant)
  • ENGL 269: Introduction to Disability Studies (teaching assistant)