Sav Schlauderaff

Ph.D. Student

Sav Schlauderaff, M.A. (they/them) is a queer, trans, disabled Ph.D. candidate in Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Their work engages disability studies, disability memoir & life writing, trauma studies, and health communication to analyze the ways disabled and chronically ill individuals (dis)engage with mainstream medicine, and seek out alternative forms of healing and care. They combine their academic training in genetics, molecular biology, and gender studies with poetry, autobiography, new media analysis, and theoretical work in their writing.

Outside of their research, Sav is an Access Consultant at the Disability Resource Center at the University of Arizona, a member of the Disability Studies Initiative on campus, an editorial board member of Fat Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, and a co-founder of “The Queer Futures Collective” ( which houses their creative/academic work alongside their workshop and teaching content.