Beth
Ribet

Adjunct Professor of Law

Biography

Beth Ribet, PhD, JD received her law degree from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), with a concentration in Critical Race Studies. She was awarded her PhD in Social Relations (Sociology & Anthropology) from the University of California-Irvine. Her doctoral dissertation was grounded in 75 interviews with Jewish daughters of Holocaust survivors in the United States, and addressed the role of “second generation” genocide survivors in communal healing, memory formation and survival. In 2014, she co-founded and continues to direct Repair, a health and disability justice organization based in Los Angeles, and sponsored by the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Much of her work and time are vested in the non-profit sector, but she continues to engage in academic knowledge production and pedagogy. She teaches periodically for UCLA in Disability Studies, and has taught in past years for UCLA School of Law and Columbia University School of Law. Her publications and public  talks address a range of intersecting disability, gender, and racial justice questions, including disability and reproductive policy, white nationalism and Nazism in the United States, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, race and torture in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, sexual violence in United States carceral systems, and the nexus of critical disability theory and critical race theory. Most of her work engages questions of disablement — or the violent production of disabilities, illnesses, and injuries through systemic violence and exploitation.