Cheryl Najarian Souza

Cheryl Najarian Souza

Associate Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dugan Hall - 205K


Sociology of disability; intersections of gender, ability, and (dis)ability; interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to women and work; gender studies; qualitative research methods; and feminist methodologies.


Ph.D.: Sociology, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Certificates: Certificate of University Teaching, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies, and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women’s Studies, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
M.A.: Sociology, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
M.A.: Higher Education Administration, University of Arizona
B.A.: English, Boston College


Cheryl Najarian Souza, Ph.D. does research involving an intersectional analysis, which includes looking at ability, disability and the spaces in between while considering other intersections such as race, class, and gender. She explores this topic while using sociological, gender studies, and disability studies frameworks. She is currently at work on a project that looks at the discourses of (dis)ability in educational and family environments.

Selected Publications

  • 2021. Carey, Allison C. and Cheryl Najarian Souza. "Constructing the Sociology of Disability: An Analysis of Syllabi." Teaching Sociology.
  • 2020. Najarian Souza, Cheryl. "Reframing the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan: Resisting (Dis)ability Stereotypes Through an Analysis of Children's Literature." Research in Social Science and Disability: New Narratives of Disability: Constructions, Clashes, and Controversies volume 11: 11 - 26. Edited by Sara E. Green and Donileen R. Loseke. Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • 2017. Najarian Souza, Cheryl. "'I Play Golf With My Kids, Not My Colleagues:' Politicians, Parenting, and Unpaid Work as a Choice?" Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare December XLIV (4): 45 - 71.
  • 2010. Najarian Souza, Cheryl. "Deaf Mothers: Communication, Activism, and the Family." Disability Studies Quarterly. 30 (3/4).
  • 2006. Najarian, Cheryl G. "Between Worlds" Deaf Women, Work, and Intersections of Gender and Ability. New York: Routledge.