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Contact Valerie: valeriejeanpiro at gmail.com
I've been a wheelchair user since 2008, and have been on a mission to raise disability awareness since. In college, I was a founding member of the Harvard College Disability Alliance, and spearheaded Harvard's inaugural Disability Pride Week. Since then, I've gone on to write about disability in the New York Times, Inside Higher Ed, and the Harvard Law Record; and have given talks on disability and higher education while receiving an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am also on the masthead for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.
Additionally, I am interested in disability from a historical perspective. I completed a dissertation on perceptions of disability in the Early Middle Ages for my MPhil in Medieval History (University of Cambridge). I am currently a PhD History student (Princeton University), and plan to research marginalization in the Early Middle Ages from social and legal perspectives.
Inside Higher Education, April 2017: Applying to college as a wheelchair user
New York Times, January 2017: My Life With Paralysis, It's a Workout
The Harvard Law Record, November 2016: Voting While Mobility Impaired
Valerie is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
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Languages: English (Fluent)