John Gulledge is a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in early modern performance, Critical Disability Studies, and the history of emotions, especially laughter and the affect of wonder. Broadly, his work questions the ways in which aesthetic performance served as a blueprint for everyday life and shaped modern categories of identity. His dissertation, tentatively titled "Prosthetic Laughter: Feeling Disability Performance in Early Modern England," picks up the mantle of dismodernism to ask and attempt to answer: What is on the other side of a dissolved disability identity category? What remains in modern political mobility if identity politics is successfully reimagined? At the heart of this project is what he terms "sustainable ontologies" to propose a turn of sorts: if we are to dissolve the impairment/normalcy binary, we must then also replace identity with sustainable difference. You can read more about this and other current projects here.

John is the current blog editor for Emory's Experimental Ethnography working group and graduate assistant to the "Good Guise Alliance" housed under Emory's Center for Women. He teaches Introduction to Humanities and Rhetoric at Atlanta Technical College and taught Composition and Rhetoric courses at Emory University during the 2019-20 AY. Formerly, he was the graduate fellow for Emory's Disability Studies Initiative and recipient of a Humanities Ph.D. Intervention Grant funded by the Mellon Foundation. He is also a TA for the Classics Department at Emory. 

John lives in Decatur, GA with his puppy, "Kit" Marlowe, thinks tater tots are "the devil's fruit," and is most at home among things that go bump in the night. He may be reached through this site.


-"Dis/Enabling Spaces: Crip-Ecologies of The Tempest" in Disability and the Environment in the Colonial Global Era, edited by Tatiana Prorokova (Gallaudet University Press) (Under Review)

-“The Prosthetic Self: Disability and Drag in AJ and the Queen" in All in the Mind: Adaptations of Mental and Cognitive Disability in Popular Media, eds. Whitney Hardin and Julia Kiernan (Lexington Books) (Under Contract)

-“The Puck Project: A Shakespeare Performance and Ethics Program for Kids,” Early Modern Culture Online, Special Issue: “Shakespeare in/and Education,” vol. 7 (Winter, 2020), Co-authored with Kelly Duquette and Mary Taylor Mann.


-Review of Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability by Genevieve Love (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019) in Disability Studies Quarterly (Forthcoming March 2021)


- #BlackEcologies: A Discussion with Justin Hosbey, Emory Experimental Ethnography Blog Site (November 2020)

- The Puck Project, Emory Experimental Ethnography Blog Site (October 2020)

The bottom line is this: You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. In some way, your aspirations and concern for a single man in fact do begin to change the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks or people look at reality, then you can change it.

-James Baldwin, 1979



Spring 2021

ENGRD/QTM302w: Technical Writing, Emory University (TA)

Fall 2020

HUMN 1101: Introduction to Humanities ("Health and Illness as Humanistic Narrative"), Atlanta Technical College 

CL 101: Hero and Antihero Expanded, Emory University (TA)

Summer 2020

HUMN 1101: Introduction to Humanities ("Health and Illness as Humanistic Narrative"), Atlanta Technical College

Spring 2020

ENG 181: Writing About Literature ("Hiking with Nietzsche: Existential Writing Then and Now"), Emory University

HUMN 1101: Introduction to Humanities ("Existentialism and the Humanist Tradition"), Atlanta Technical College 

Fall 2019

ENG 101: Extemporaneous Writing ("Writing the Body"), Emory University 

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