Olive Patton (she/her) is a second year in the Sexuality Studies M.A. program here at SF State and received her bachelor's degree in Rhetoric, Women's Studies, and Communications at San Diego State University. Olive's current thesis explores access intimacy, interdependent relationships, and love within the disability and chronically ill communities. Olive and her three sisters bond with sharing the exact diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which provides her with an understanding of how important a strong community is.
Olive is your typical theory nerd, where you can find her anytime and anywhere striking up conversations around disability, race, sex, class, and culture (ask her friends and family and the local coffee shop that enjoy it immensely). She loves dancing to Motown, reading, cooking with friends, and taking her adorable pup Lou on walks around San Francisco. Olive is thrilled to work with J.S. Shockrian for the 5A project and be a part of Longmore's fellows. She hopes to continue learning and contributing to disability theory in a Ph.D. program after completing her master's.