Aimi Hamraie is Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where they direct 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. Their interdisciplinary research spans critical disability studies, science and technology studies, critical design and urbanism, critical race theory, and the environmental humanities. Hamraie is also a certified permaculture designer, a co-founder of the Nashville Disability Justice Collective, and an organizer for the Nashville Mutual Aid Collective.

Hamraie lives and works in the original homelands of the Cherokee East, Chickasaw, and Shawnee people.

Image description: book cover says “Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability¬†– Aimi Hamraie” against a background of architectural drawings of wheelchair users.

Cover of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability by Aimi Hamraie. White text on blue ink against a backdrop of diagrammatic images. The images are black and white line drawings showing wheelchair users extending their arms into space. The bodies appear masculine and white. Alongside the bodies are notations of length, width, height, etc.