Vera Kubenz

Research interests

Research interests include:

  • disabled identities;
  • disability, ‘microaggressions’, and invisible work;
  • media discourses around disability;
  • feminist and queer theory.


Vera Kubenz is a Research Fellow in the Department of Education and Social Justice, working on the AHRC-funded GCRF project Disability Under Siege.

Vera has returned to academic research after spending several years in professional services roles within the University, providing research support and facilitation, project management, and research communications. Her current role as Research Fellow combines her expertise in research management and coordination with her in-depth knowledge of the field of critical disability studies, and her lived experience as a disabled activist and advocate. Her approach is firmly rooted in the social model of disability and she is particularly interested in how disabled identities are constructed, how disability is conceptualised in society, and the effects of these on the everyday lives and experiences of disabled people. She draws on concepts from gender and queer studies, as well as media and critical discourse studies, in her analysis of the ways in which disabled people navigate an inaccessible world.


  • MA in Sociology, University of Warwick, 2010
  • BA (Hons) in Journalism and Media, Coventry University, 2009
  • ILM Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team Skills

Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts, University of Warwick


  • Bachelor of Arts, Coventry University

    Journalism and Media

Professional Qualifications

  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team Skills, ILM Level 2