Cassandra Evans

Assistant Professor, Disability Studies

Cassandra Evans

Phone: (646) 664-8584

Cassandra Evans is an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She teaches in the BA and MA in Disability Studies, the MS in Disability Services in Higher Education, and the undergraduate General Education programs.  

Dr. Evans’ doctoral research and dissertation, publications, and current book project examine mental health disabilities, mitigation of sexual and physical abuse, the ways that physical and sexual trauma exacerbate disabilities, institutionalization, and transition experiences in mental health housing. She also examines the history, humanities, and beginnings of artwork produced by people (or “voice-hearers”) accessing services at the Hearing Voices Network in both New York and California and those offered in Spanish. She explores the intersectional stigma associated with identifying as both a Latinx-American immigrant and as a person with disability. She now also considers how intersections of race, gender, disability, class, and (non)citizenship impact disabilities, and how occupations like art can mitigate these oppressive frameworks. 

Prior to joining CUNY SPS, Dr. Evans worked as an instructor in California and New York community colleges, where she taught philosophy, counseling, and career development. She has also served as a college academic counselor for student with disabilities and veterans. As part of her studies, Dr. Evans earned a BA in Journalism at San Diego State University (SDSU), an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and MA in Philosophy, also from SDSU, as well as a doctorate in Disability Studies at Stony Brook University. She has worked for both SUNY and CUNY schools, including LaGuardia Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Most recently, Dr. Evans was awarded the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Writing Fellowship from the CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2019/2020, for which she mentored eight graduate students in the Disability Studies program in their work to publish research and present new research projects. Dr. Evans has also co-authored book chapters on the idea of community for people with disabilities, mental health treatment, and institutionalization history, as well as peer-reviewed articles on shame and stigma surrounding people with disabilities.

Dr. Evans lives with her human daughter and Labrador son. She enjoys yoga, swimming, hiking, and travel—particularly food journeys.

Recent News

CUNY Disability Awareness Month graphic

CUNY SPS Celebrates CUNY Disability Awareness Month with Events Exploring Key Disability Issues

April 05, 2022

The School's faculty, staff, and students will host talks in April focused on accessibility, disability justice, and pedagogy.

Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Participants 2021-2022

February 01, 2022

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program

Cassandra Evans, assistant professor in the CUNY SPS disability studies program, was selected to participate in the CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP), where she will be mentored through the AY 2021/2022 to work on publications with other tenure-track faculty across CUNY. Dr. Evans will be working on her project Five Wives, a novel regarding disability justice and intersectionality.
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Three CUNY SPS Faculty Receive JFK, Jr. Institute Fellowship

January 23, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, adjunct faculty, youth studies program; Margaret Reilly, academic director of nursing; and Cassandra Evans, assistant professor, disability studies programs,...