Richard Cross is the Rev. John A. O'Brien Chair of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department. He has recently published on disability, impairment and medieval accounts of the incarnation.

John Duffy is currently working on a history of the contending discourses of autism, the tropes, metaphors, and other rhetorical resources that offered autistic persons, in Kenneth Burkeís phrase, ìsheer identities of the symbolic,î or ways of understanding themselves and their places in the world.

Essaka Joshua is engaged in a book-length study of disability in British literature of the Romantic period.

Encarnación Juárez-Almendros has published widely on disability issues and is currently working on book entitled Women and Disability in Early Modern Spain. Professor Juárez-Almendros sits on the Disability Studies Executive Committee for the MLA.

Thomas Merluzzi studies coping processes in people with cancer. His work in this area includes the study of measures of self-efficacy for coping with cancer; religious/spiritual coping; and the impact of brief counseling on adjustment to cancer; midlife transitions in health; and the importance of cultural competency in health professionals.

Yvonne Mikuljan studies impairment and disability in Anglo Saxon England.

Candida Moss studies the presentation of disability and disease in the New Testament. She is currently working on the construction of health and disease in the Gospel of Mark and a separate study of heavenly eugenics in biblical accounts and modern theology.

Miguel Romero is a Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology. His recent research is on Thomas Aquinas and cognitive impairment.

Selected Publications

Richard Cross "Baptism and Severe Cognitive Impairment in Some Medieval Theologies." International Journal of Systematic Theology, 14 (2012): 420-38.

Miguel J. Romero "Aquinas on the corporis infirmitas: Broken Flesh and the Grammar of Grace." In Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader. Ed. Brian Brock and John Swinton. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2012. 101-151; “Cognitive Impairment, Moral Virtue, and Our Life in Christ,” Church Life, Vol. 4, No. 4 (2014); “The Happiness of 'Those Who Lack the Use of Reason’" The Thomist 80 (2016); “Juan Gilabert-Jofre: The Order of Mercy and the Call to Holiness” Walking Together: Responses to Mental Illness from the Christian Tradition, eds. Kinghorn and Nussbaum (Eerdmans, 2016).

Essaka Joshua “The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris.” Disability Studies Quarterly 31:3 (2011): 1–16. Winner of the Society for Disability Studies 2011 Tyler Rigg Award for Disability Studies Scholarship in Literature and Literary Analysis; “‘Blind Vacancy’: Sighted Culture and Voyeuristic Historiography in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” European Romantic Review 22.1 (2011): 49-69.“‘I began to see’: Biblical Models of Disability in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre” in The Madwoman and Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability. Ed. David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, with a foreword by Lennard J. Davis. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012. 111–128. 

Richard Cross "Disability, Impairment, and Some Medieval Accounts of the Incarnation: Suggestions for a Theology of Personhood." Modern Theology 27.4 (2011): 639-658.

Candida Moss and Jeremy Schipper. Eds. Disability Studies and Biblical Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.