EmilySmith Beitiks is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at theUniversity of Minnesota. She attended the University of California,
Davis and received a B.A. in American Studies. Emily's dissertation,
"Body Upgrades? Embodying Technoscience while Resisting Cures," looks to
integrate Disability Studies and Science and Technology Studies into
American Studies. In particular, she questions U.S. hegemonic
celebrations of the disabled body being "fixed" by technological
interventions in science policy and popular culture, while looking at
how people with disabilities understand the body/machine interface in
ways that resist a simplified cyborg representation through the
disability rights movement and emerging assistive technology-focused
communities. She has taught at UMN, UCSC, UCD, and in Ghana with course
topics covering social justice, cultural understandings of "the body,"
and the role of technology in American culture. She now lives in San
Francisco and is entering what she hopes will be the final year of her
Online Petition Seeks Justice on Behalf of Dan Markingsonby Emily Smith Beitiks, Biopolitcal TimesMarch 25th, 2013Dan Markingson's binding enrollment in a clinical drug trial led him to commit suicide just six months in; a close friend has initiated a petition asking the Minnesota governor to investigate.
The Dangers of Fetal Engineering by Emily Beitiks, Biopolitical TimesAugust 17th, 2012A recent study considers the troubling off-label use of a risky drug in pregnant women whose baby girls may not be born with normal-looking genitals.