Dr. Disney completed her Ph.D. with
distinction at The Graduate School and University Center of The City University
of New York (CUNY) in 2002. Her dissertation, "The Theories and Practices of
Women’s Organizing: Marxism, Feminism, Democratization, and Civil Society in
Mozambique and Nicaragua," was awarded the American Political Science
Association (APSA) Women and Politics Best Dissertation Award in 2003, and a
paper based on two chapters of her dissertation was awarded the Christian Bay
Award for the Best New Political Science Paper presented at the APSA that same
year. Disney’s first book based on her award-winning dissertation, Women’s
Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua, was published by
Temple University Press in hardback in 2008 and in paperback in 2010. Disney has been at Winthrop since 2002, receiving promotion to associate
professor in 2007 and to professor in 2014. Disney has served as director of the
Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) for Winthrop, and
began serving as the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program in 2012. She has
been the recipient of the 2006 Faculty Service Learning Award, the 2007
Outstanding Junior Professor Award, and the 2008 Student Life Award.
Her areas of teaching, research, and scholarship are in the fields of
comparative politics and political theory, specifically in the areas of
development and underdevelopment, Third World feminisms, and global women’s
movements. She teaches courses in "Comparative Politics," "Women and Global
Politics," "African Politics," "Latin American Politics," "International
Political Economy," "Social Movement Politics and Political Protest,"
"Political Science Capstone," and "Women's Studies."
Disney also is a
member of the African-American Studies and Women's Studies Committees. She
serves as faculty advisor to Amnesty International and the Socialist Student
Union. She served for five years as president of the Board of A Place for Hope,
the 501 (c)(3) community resource center of the Blackmon Road Community.