David Bolt is Professor in the Department of Disability and Education, Course Leader on the Disability Studies MA, and Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (Liverpool Hope University). He is Founder of the International Network of Literary and Cultural Disability Scholars, and his work in disability studies has been widely recognised in both the humanities and the social sciences. He is author of The Metanarrative of Blindness: A Re-reading of Twentieth-Century Anglophone Writing (University of Michigan Press, 2014/16); has published in journals such as The Explicator, Textual Practice, Disability and Society, The Midwest Quarterly, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, British Journal of Visual Impairment, Entre dos mundos, New Zealand Journal of Disability Studies, Mosaic, and Journal of Further and Higher Education; and has contributed chapters to books such as Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers (2014), Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies (2012), and Language, Bodies, and Health (2011). He is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool University Press and Project MUSE). He has collaborated on the editing of other projects, including a special issue of the Review of Disability Studies. He is Book Series Editor, with Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, of Literary Disability Studies (Palgrave Macmillan). He is editor of Changing social attitudes toward disability: Perspectives from historical, cultural, and educational studies (Routledge, 2014).  He is joint editor, with Claire Penketh, of Disability, Avoidance, and the Academy: Challenging Resistence (Routledge, 2016) and, with Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (Ohio State University Press, 2012/15). In addition, he is an Editorial Board Member of Disability and Society, the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, and the Journal of Language and Discrimination, Executive Board Member of Considering Disability, as well as an occasional reviewer for British Journal of Special Education, British Journal of Visual Impairment, Disability Studies Quarterly, Literature Compass, and Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. He has also been external reviewer for Manchester University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and the grant-awarding Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Swiss National Science Foundation.
PhD, University of Staffordshire, UK, 2004
PGCLTHE, Liverpool Hope University, UK, 2011
Literary Studies BA, University of Staffordshire, UK, 2000
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Disability Studies
Cultural representation