Sona Kazemi

Sona Kazemi Hill

Sona Kazemi

Non-OSU Affiliate


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Adult Education and Community Development (2018)
  • M.A., York University, Critical Disability Studies (2013)
  • B.A., York University, Social Psychology (2012)

Sona Kazemi a multi-lingual postdoctoral researcher of migration studies, disability studies, and medical humanities at The Ohio State University. Her research program is located in contradictions among transnational disability rights frameworks in the context of global and regional imperialism(s).

Her postdoctoral project concerns traumatized Yazidi refugees in diaspora and their disability consciousness as survivors of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the mental health of Iranian and Kurdish refugees in the United States who are the survivors of state terror and its implications for international security, Iranian women survivors of acid attack and their disability and feminist consciousness, and punitive limb amputation in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

She is currently working on a book manuscript based on a collaborative project, tentatively entitled “Madness in Political Prison: Toward Conceptualizing Mental Health under Torture,” based on the intersection of race, gender, and “madness” in relation to political incarceration in Iran and Kurdistan region in Turkey. She is also completing a monograph, tentatively entitled “Disabling Relations: Injured Bodyminds and Active Witnessing,” based on her dissertation and her current postdoctoral research projects.

Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Journal of Critical Educational Policy Studies, Canadian Women’s Studies, a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies entitled “Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences,” Critical Disability Discourse Journal, Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly.

Sona is the Society for Disability Studies’ 2018 recipient of the honorable mention for the prestigious award of Irving K. Zola Award for emerging scholars in Disability Studies. Sona is currently the associate editor for global ideas for Review of Disability Studies, an International Journal.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)