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Aimi Hamraie (they/them) is Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and director of the Critical Design Lab. Hamraie is author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and host of the Contra* podcast on disability, design justice, and the lifeworld. They identify as disabled, SWANA, and diasporic Iranian. Their interdisciplinary research spans critical disability studies, science and technology studies, critical design and urbanism, critical race theory, and the environmental humanities.

Hamraie’s critical design work focuses on digital media, built environments, and building relationships between humans and non-humans in environments that support mutual thriving. This work spans disability access and disability justice organizing, participatory cartography, fashion, pedagogy, tactical urbanism, and earth repair. Hamraie is also a certified permaculture designer and herbalist, with particular interest in social, anti-racist, and disability justice-centered practices. They are also a co-founder of the Nashville Disability Justice Collective and the Nashville Mutual Aid Collective. Hamraie lives and works in the original homelands of the Cherokee East, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Yuchi people, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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