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Beth Haller

Beth Haller, Ph.D., is Professor of Mass Communication at Towson University in Maryland, USA. She is the author of the book, Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media (Advocado Press, 2010). She is the former co-editor of the Society for Disability Studies' scholarly journal, Disability Studies Quarterly, (2003-2006). She currently maintains a blog on disability issues in the news, Media dis&dat,, as well as a website on media and disability research at She has been researching news and entertainment media images of disability since 1991. Her research has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability & Society, Review of Disability Studies, Journalism Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Research in Social Science and Disability, Journal of Comic Art, Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, Mass Comm Review, and Journalism History. Haller received her Ph.D. from Temple University, where she wrote her dissertation on elite news media coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.