AboutLisa Diedrich is professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests include critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist science studies, and interdisciplinary feminist and queer theories and methodologies. She is the author of Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism (Minnesota, 2016) and Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (Minnesota, 2007). She is also editor (with Victoria Hesford) of the collection Feminist Time Against Nation Time: Gender, Politics, and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War (Lexington, 2008) and a special issue of Feminist Theory “Experience, Echo, Event: Theorising Feminist Histories, Historicising Feminist Theory” (August 2014). She is affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and with the PhD concentration in Disability Studies in the School of Health Technology and Management.
EducationPhD Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
MA Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University
BA International Relations, University of Virginia
Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
Experience, Echo, Event: Theorising Feminist Histories, Historicising Feminist Theory, Guest editor with Victoria Hesford for a special issue of Feminist Theory 15, No. 2 (August 2014).
Feminist Time Against Nation Time: Gender, Politics, and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War, co-edited with Victoria Hesford (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2008). (Paperback published November 2009).
Genealogies of Disability, Guest editor for a special issue of Cultural Studies 19, No. 6 (November 2005).
Peer-reviewed journal articles
“Illness as assemblage: The case of hystero-epilepsy,” Body & Society 21, No. 3 (September 2015), 66-90.
“Graphic analysis: Transitional phenomena in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?,” Configurations 22 (Fall 2014), 183-203.
“Experience, Echo, Event: Theorizing Feminist Histories, Historicising Feminist Theory,” with Victoria Hesford, Feminist Theory 15, No. 2 (August 2014), 103-117.
“On ‘The Evidence of Experience’ and its reverberations: An interview with Joan W. Scott,” with Victoria Hesford, Feminist Theory 15, No. 2 (August 2014), 197-207.
“Que(e)rying the Clinic: Practicing Self-help and Transversality in the 1970s,” in Journal of Medical Humanities 34, No. 1 (March 2013), 123-138.
“Speeding up slow deaths: Medical sovereignty circa 2005,” special issue on “Bioconvergence,” MediaTropes eJournal 2, No. 1 (2011), 1-22.
“Being the Shadow: Witnessing Schizophrenia,” Journal of Medical Humanities 31, No. 2 (June 2010), 91-109.
“‘Breast Cancer on Long Island’: The Emergence of a New Object Through Mapping Practices,” with Emily Boyce, BioSocieties 2, No. 2 (2007), 193-218.
“Doing Queer Love: Feminism, AIDS, and History,” Theoria, special issue on “Justice and the Politics of Health,” 112, No. 1 (April 2007), 22-50.
“Doing Things with Ideas and Affects in the Illness Narratives of Susan Sontag and Eve
Kosofsky Sedgwick,” in Mary Rawlinson and Shannon Lundeen, eds. Discourses of Breast Cancer: Who Speaks for Breast Cancer? Philosophy and medicine 88 (2006), 53-71.
“Introduction: Genealogies of Disability: Historical Emergences and Everyday Enactments,” Cultural Studies 19, No. 6 (November 2005), 649-666.
“AIDS and Its Treatments: Two Doctors’ Narratives of Healing, Desire, and Belonging,” Journal of Medical Humanities 26, No. 4 (Winter 2005), 237-257.
“Space, Language, and Death in Twentieth Century Memoirs of Tuberculosis,” Studies in the Social Sciences 37 (July 2005), 45-62.
“‘Without Us All Told’: Paul Monette’s Vigilant Witnessing to the AIDS Crisis,” Literature and Medicine 20, No. 2 (Spring 2004), 112-127. (This issue was chosen as runner up for the “Best Special Issue” award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. It was also published as a book in 2005: Jonathan Metzl and Suzanne Poirier, eds. Differences and Identity (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).
“Breaking Down: A Phenomenology of Disability,” Literature and Medicine 20, No. 2 (Fall 2001), 209-230.