Former president Donald Trump publicly mocked and disparaged disabled people, weakened the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and cut the payroll tax to make Social Security Disability Income run out by 2022. Writing for The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg interpreted that “Trump is deeply anxious about dying or… Read more →
Christopher Mathey is a doctoral candidate of sociology at Texas A&M University. His areas of study include Organizational, Political and Economic Sociology (Military/Society Relations; Medicine), and Social Psychology (Disability Studies; Deviance; and Family Violence). Mr. Mathey’s Baccalaureate thesis, Physiology of the Nonverbal Learning Disability: Empowering Decisions within the Context of Special Education, serves as a biological-psychological-sociological investigation specifically of the nonverbal learning disability, thought to be on the upper end of the Autistic spectrum. Mr. Mathey’s Master’s thesis, Do Social Norms Produce a Common Definition of Investment Risk Among Money Managers?, identifies that there are three—possibly four—definitions of investment risk, each with their own implicit assumptions about how markets work and what money managers believe their roles are in those markets. Mr. Mathey’s dissertation is tentatively entitled, Military Bearing as Prescribed Social Distancing: Soldiers with Suicidality on the Social Periphery, and drawing on Shils’ (1975) concept of society, posits that military suicidality persists because military organizational logics push soldiers out to the social periphery, where behaviors reflect a decoupling of the person from mainstream economic, social, political and cultural activity, so the periphery represents a lack of effective social functioning because the behaviors of soldiers on the social periphery are unpredictable. Mr. Mathey’s research agenda includes identifying and overcoming social-structural supports of ableism, the implicit beliefs that positively value able-bodied and able-mindedness.