Julie Passanante Elman is currently Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. Prior to joining MU, she served as Lecturer of Television Studies/Media Theory at University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Gender and Sexuality Studies in New York University's Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, where she developed the university's first-ever undergraduate disability studies course. Her research focuses broadly on disability studies; feminist and queer theory; science studies; youth studies, and 20th century media and cultural history. Elman's monograph, Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and US Media Cultures of Rehabilitation shows how the representational figure of the teenager became a cultural touchstone for shifting notions of able-bodiedness, heteronormativity, and neoliberalism. By analyzing how adolescence increasingly became represented as a disability, the book reveals how the teenager became a lynchpin for a US culture of perpetual rehabilitation and governmentality. Chronic Youth is forthcoming in September 2014 from New York University Press as part of its Social and Cultural Analysis book series. Elman's work has also appeared in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Television & New Media. She currently lives in Columbia, MO.