Lisa Beckmann, M.A.

Lisa Beckmann is a PhD student of Prof. Greta Olson. Situated at the intersection between Disability History, Feminism, and American Cultural Studies, her PhD project focuses on the cultural and sexual politics of disability representation in the US eugenics movement.

As a research assistant to Prof. Olson she is responsible for running the department’s BA thesis support program.

Besides her academic endeavors, Lisa aims to integrate her research into a form of activism that explores disability as a lived experience both in- and outside of academia. She is a member of the AG Disability Studies in Deutschland and she volunteers for the Deutsche Epilepsievereinigung e.V. Her key interest is to bring greater visibility to chronically ill and disabled PhD students, particularly to those affected by epilepsy like herself.

Lisa is a recipient of the graduate scholarship offered by Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (Graduiertenstipendium der JLU).


  • (2017). “Undoing Ableism: Disability as a Category of Historical and Legal Analysis.” On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 3: 1-28.


  • (2018). “The Sexual Politics of Disability in Eugenic Forced Sterilization Laws.” Presentation at the workshop “Histories of Disability: Local, Global, and Colonial Stories”, The University of Sheffield, UK, 7-8 June 2018.
  • (2017). “’Language without Speech‘: The Politics and Poetics of American Sign Language Poetry and Translation Theory.” Presentation at the international conference “Found in Translation: Translation as Cultural Dissemination from the Middle Ages to the New Millenium,” University of Bergamo, Italy, 28-30 September 2017.

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