Robert McRuer's work is situated at the intersection of queer theory, disability studies, and globalization. He is, most recently, the author of Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (NYU, 2018). Crip Times analyzes the cultural logic of neoliberalism and the impact of a global austerity politics on disabled people. McRuer is also the author of The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (NYU, 1997) and Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU, 2006), which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. Crip Theory appeared in a Spanish translation (Teoría crip: Signos culturales de lo queer y de la discapacidad) in Summer 2021
With David Bolt, McRuer is the general co-editor of the multi-volume series A Cultural History of Disability (Bloomsbury, 2020), with six volumes reaching from antiquity to the present. With Abby L. Wilkerson, he edited "Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies" (Duke, 2003), a special double issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, which won the Best Special Issue Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. With Anna Mollow, he coedited Sex and Disability (Duke, 2012) and, with Merri Lisa Johnson, two special issues of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies titled "Cripistemologies" (Liverpool, 2014). Johnson and McRuer will edit a ten-year anniversary issue of JLCDS, to be published in 2024.