EmilySmith Beitiks received a PhD in American Studies at the University of
Minnesota in April 2012. Emily's dissertation, "Building the Normal
Body: Disability and the Techno-Makeover Industry," critiqued American
cultural celebrations of the disabled body being "fixed" by
technological interventions in science policy and popular culture. She
has taught at University of Minnesota, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and in
Ghana with course topics covering social justice, cultural
understandings of "the body," and the role of technology in American
culture. Beitiks is a former Senior Program Associate for the Center for Genetics and Society. In her current position as Associate Director of the Paul Longmore Institute on Disability
at San Francisco State University, she continues her work as a scholar
and advocate of disability to showcase how disabled people bring unique
value that can benefit us all.
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.