Zoë Wool

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Steering Committee Member
Research Interests: 

Zoë Wool is assistant professor of anthropology and faculty associate in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University. Professor Wool’s research focuses on the experiences of injured American soldiers and veterans and their family members as well as on care and disability more broadly. She is interested in the relationship between personhood and embodiment; the intersections of disability, sexuality, and gender; emergent forms of sociality in biomedically mediated contexts of life and death; and the dark sides of care.

Her fist book After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed (Duke 2015), is based on her ethnographic fieldwork with injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Her work has been widely published in journals such as Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Ethnos, and Social Text, as well as in numerous edited volumes and innovative online fora. She is currently working on a project that rethinks kinship as a natural space of care by looking at long-term care practices among injured veterans and in disability care collectives.

Teaching: 
Fall 15

ANTH 342: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF CARE

Spring 16

ANTH 354: ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND THE GENDERED BODY

Fall 16

ANTH 582: BODY, TECHNOLOGY, ENHANCEMENT

Spring 17

ANTH 477: DISABILITY INSIDE/OUT

 

Bio: 

Zoë H. Wool is an anthropologist whose work explores the way personhood is put at stake by forms of bodily injury and disability, as well as the manifold forms of normative and non-normative sociality that emerge around injured and disabled bodies, both for better and for worse.  She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2011. Before coming to Rice, Professor Wool held postdoctoral fellowships at Rutgers University’s Institute for Health, Heath Care Policy, and Aging Research and in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.