Annie Heffernan entered the PhD program in 2013, specializing in political theory with a secondary field in American politics. She holds a master's degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Harvard College. Annie is primarily interested in the intersection of contemporary political thought, feminist theory, and disability studies. Her current research interrogates the logic and motivating forces behind the disability rights movement, particularly the enduring tendency to frame arguments for equal citizenship in terms of the benefits that society would reap from the greater inclusion of disabled individuals, and the potential political risks that follow from this approach. Additional research interests include ordinary language philosophy (particularly the thought of Wittgenstein and Cavell), Hannah Arendt, critical race theory, and reproductive justice.