Research Areas

Literature; Disability Studies; Women’s Studies; Women’s Autobiography; Personal Narrative


Ph.D., Harvard University

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., Radcliffe College


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Mary G. Mason

Mary G. Mason

Mary G. Mason

Mary G. Mason, Professor of English, Emerita, Emmanuel College, was Director of Women’s Studies for ten years. Her doctoral work was in nineteenth century English literature but her major interest has been on the theory and practice of women’s life narratives and more recently, in Disability Studies. She has been a Bunting Fellow, a Mellon Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Wellesley’s Center for Research on Women. She was an artist in residence at Virginia Center for the Arts and Cummington Community of the Arts.

Current Projects

Mary Mason’s memoir and her book on disabled women’s work lives helped to focus her interest on other issues of other disabled women
and the disability movement. Her present project is to examine aging with disability, both how it is perceived by others and how it is perceived personally, particularly around issues of exclusion, often felt by all.

Representative Publications

Mason, Mary Grimley. Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women’s Work Lives.  Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.

Mason, Mary Grimley. Taking Care: Lessons from Mothers with Disabilities. University Press of America, 2012.