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Michele Friedner Assistant Professor Health and Rehabilitation Sciences School of Health Technology and Management


Michele Friedner is a medical anthropologist who researches deaf and disabled peoples’ social, moral, and economic experiences in urban areas of India. She is interested in how political economic changes in India create new opportunities and constraints for disabled people in the arenas of employment, education, politics, religion, and everyday life. She also researches how international and domestic development initiatives both help and hinder disabled people in India as well as how international treaties impact disabled peoples’ everyday lives.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Francisco
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Brown University