Ph.D., M.S.W. Research Professor, Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach – Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
Diane R. Wiener is a Research Professor and the Associate Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute (College of Law, Syracuse University). Diane earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (majoring in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies and minoring in Anthropology) and her MSW from Yeshiva University. Diane has extensive experience in teaching, advocacy, group facilitation, advising, mentoring, and consulting. She also has significant experience in program development and management, leadership, counseling, disability advocacy, assessment, and supervision. Diane has worked closely with people with disabilities/disabled people in non-therapeutic and therapeutic contexts, in accordance with sociocultural models of disability, since the 1980s. She currently teaches interdisciplinary courses in disability studies at Syracuse University. With Sarah E. Korcz, Diane founded and co-directs the Alliance of Disability and Social Work (ADSW). A widely published academic author, cultural critic, poet, and creative nonfiction writer, Diane is also the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature and Assistant Editor of Nine Mile Literary Magazine.