MARTA RUSSELL writes on the political, social and economic aspects of
disablement. Born with an impairment, Russell began writing when her impairment
progressed and she no longer worked in the film industry. Her socio-economic
analysis has been published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and
Labor Law, the Review of Radical Political Economy, the Journal of Disability
Policy Studies, Disability & Society, Monthly Review, Disability Studies
Quarterly, Left Business Observer, Real World Micro, 9th edition, Socialist
Register 2002, and the Backlash Against the Americans with Disabilities
Act: Reinterpreting Disability Rights (Corporealities, Discourses
of Disability) University of Michigan Press, 2003.
Russell's articles have been published in Counterpunch, The Ragged Edge,
New Mobility Magazine, and Mouth, the voice of disability rights. Commentaries
have appeared in The San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, The
Austin American-Statesman and other newspapers across the nation. She
writes a monthly commentary for Znet. Russell was nominated for a MAGGIE
award in 1995.
Her investigative reporting earned her a Golden Mike Award for Best Documentary
from the Southern California Radio and Television News Association in
1994. She was honored as co-producer/correspondent for the KCET Life &
Times documentary entitled, "Disabled & the Cost of Saying 'I
Do" on marriage disincentives in Social Security policy.
first book, BEYOND RAMPS, DISABILITY AT THE END OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT
(Common Courage Press,
1998) is what USC professor Harlan Hahn describes as "a stinging
critique" of disablement under American capitalism.