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Hailee Yoshizaki-Gibbons

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Hailee Yoshizaki-Gibbons, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Humanities

Hailee Yoshizaki-Gibbons is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Humanities. She recently received her Ph.D. in Disability Studies with a Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hailee’s research employs an intersectional lens to examine the ways gender, race, class, and immigration status mediate the lives of old disabled people and those who care for them. As a scholar activist, Hailee advocates for greater inclusion of old disabled people, particularly those with dementia, in society. Her current project analyzes how temporality influences the care relationships between old women with dementia and the immigrant women of color employed to care for them in dementia units of nursing homes.


  • Ph.D., Disability Studies with a Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University
  • B.Phil., Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Gerontology, Psychology, and Family Studies, Miami University

Research Interests

Disability, Aging, Dementia, Institutionalization and Incarceration, Care Work, Temporality, Feminist Disability Studies, Qualitative Methodology.


  • Yoshizaki-Gibbons, H. M. (In Press.) Integrating critical disability studies and critical gerontology to explore the complexities of ageing with disabilities. In M. Putnam & C. Bigby (Eds.), Handbook of Aging with Disability. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Yoshizaki-Gibbons, H. M. (2018.) Engaging with aging: The “greying” of critical disability studies. In R. Garland-Thomson, K. Ellis, M. Kent, & R. Robertson (Eds.), Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies (pp. 179-188). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Yoshizaki-Gibbons, H. M., & O’Leary, M. E. (2018.) Deviant sexuality: The hypersexualization of women with bipolar disorder in film and television. In J. Leeson-Schatz & A. George (Eds.), The Image of Disability: Essays on Media Representations (pp. 93-106). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • Gibbons, H. M. (2016). Compulsory youthfulness: Intersections of ableism and ageism in “successful aging” discourses. Review of Disability Studies, 12(2&3), 70-88.
  • Gibbons, H. M., & Gibbons, C. M. (2016). Siblings with disabilities: A duoethnography on the intersections between a sibling relationship and disability. Disability & Society, 31(6), 820-837.

Fun Facts

  • The last name Yoshizaki is my grandmother’s maiden name and I added it to my surname in 2017 to honor the Japanese side of my family.
  • I am a first generation college student.
  • I am a huge animal lover and have adopted two dogs, Izzie and Ginnie, and two cats, Tommie and Sunny.
  • I am excited to be teaching a brand new course at Hiram, The Complexities of Care and Confinement, which examines the lived experiences of disabled and old people receiving care in confined spaces such as nursing homes, psychiatric wards of hospitals and prisons, and institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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