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).


  • (2018). “Disability and Sexuality in the Eugenic Cultural Imagination.” (preparing to submit)
  • (2017). “Undoing Ableism: Disability as a Category of Historical and Legal Analysis.” Special issue of On_Culture on “Law Undone: De-humanizing, Queering, and Dis-abling the Law. Further Arguments for Law’s Pluralities.” Ed. Greta Olson and Sonja Schillings. Vol. 3, Summer 2017.

Other publications:


  • (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.