Jan Doolittle Wilson, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Jan Doolittle Wilson, Ph.D.

Wellspring Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies

Co-director of Women's and Gender Studies


Jan Doolittle Wilson, Ph.D., is Wellspring Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies and has directed or co-directed the TU Women’s and Gender Studies Program since 2007. Her publications include her book Becoming Disabled: Forging a Disability View of the World (Rowan & Littlefield|2021), in which she uses a critical disability lens to interrogate and reimagine social, educational, and economic systems in order to promote disability justice and social cohesion.

In her capacity as a disability scholar and advocate, she has given numerous talks, participated in podcasts, and hosted workshops on Universal Design for Learning at universities, conferences, and organizations in the US and Europe. Her TEDx talk, “Reimagining Disability and Inclusive Education through Universal Design for Learning,” filmed at The University of Tulsa in 2015, has been used in classrooms and disability education and training programs across the nation.

Awards and Honors

“Becoming Disabled: Forging a Disability View of the World” nominated for the National Women’s Studies Association Alison Piepmeier Book Prize (2021); “The Women’s Joint Congressional Committee and the Politics of Maternalism” nominated for the American Historical Association Joan Kelly Book Prize (2008); The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award (2013); Thomas H. Buckley Award for outstanding teaching in the Kendall College of Arts & Sciences (2023); The University of Tulsa Women’s and Gender Studies Program Linda J. Lacey Award for Mentoring Excellence (2013)


  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Gender and disability studies
  • History of women, law, and labor in the United States