Cynthia Barounis

Cynthia Barounis

Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
English, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Graduate Concentration in Gender and Women's Studies
research interests:
  • Cynthia Barounis’s research and teaching interests include queer theory, disability studies, mad studies, feminist theory, masculinities, and the history of science and medicine.

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    One Brookings Drive
    MSC 1078-0137-02
    St. Louis, MO 63130

Barounis received her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Her work focuses on cultural representations queerness and disability in literature, television, and film. Her first book, Vulnerable Constitutions (2019) explores the way the medicalization of queerness in the twentieth century led to the creation of a new counternarrative of American masculinity. Barounis’s newer work has taken up feminist psychiatric disability studies and asexuality studies and she is currently developing a second book manuscript on disability and the camp aesthetic tentatively titled The Biopolitics of Camp.