Amber R. Knight

Assistant Professor
Fretwell 450F
704-687-7490
Amber Knight, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research generally focuses on contemporary democratic theory, disability theory, and feminist political thought. She has published articles in The Journal of Politics, Hypatia, and Politics, Groups, and Identities, among other outlets. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Disability, Autonomy, and the Politics of Parenthood. The book examines the experiences of parents of children with disabilities in order to reconsider the meaning of autonomy and better understand the relationship between “politics as usual” and the family. Chapters cover a range of relevant issues surrounding the experiences of parents of children with disabilities, including: reproductive autonomy and the selective abortion of disabled fetuses; guardianship laws; the ethic of care; and, special education policy.