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Elizabeth Rachel Ribet

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Elizabeth Rachel Ribet J.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2005
M.A. University of California, Irvine, 1997
B.A. University of Florida, 1994

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Elizabeth "Beth" Ribet received her Ph.D. in Social Relations from UC Irvine (2005), and her J.D. from UCLA, with a concentration in Critical Race Studies (2009). She returns to UCLA in Fall of 2013 subsequent to a Visiting Research Professor appointment at Seton Hall University, where she also served as Principal Investigator on an empirical legal research project focusing on state variations in family and medical leave law, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Ribet's research agenda focuses primarily on law, health, and the infliction of new illnesses and disabilities in the context of complex social inequality. She continues to engage related projects -- particularly studying the production of injury and illness among vulnerable populations -- in arenas such as labor and employment, mass incarceration, commercial sexual exploitation and sites of mass violence or genocide. Among her current writing projects, she is developing an analysis of prospects for challenging systemically unhealthy and disabling dynamics in labor and employment, through several areas of torts and contracts doctrine.
Her areas of teaching interest include Torts, Contracts, Health Law, Family Law, Disability Law, Critical Race Theory, Critical Disability Theory, and International Human Rights. She is teaching Disability Law at UCLA in Fall of 2013.

In 2013-2014, Beth Ribet will also serve as an affiliated scholar at the Center for Mental Health Law & Ethics in the School of Law at the University of Southern California. In addition, she continues as co-chair of the Collaborative Research Network on Law & Health at the Law & Society Association, as well as an associate editor for Women’s Studies International Forum. 

Her recent publications include: “Emergent Disability and the Limits of Equality: A Critique on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” 155 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal (2011); “Surfacing Disability through a Critical Race Theoretical Paradigm,” 2:2 Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives 209 (2010); and “Naming Prison Rape as Disablement: a Critical Analysis of the Prison Litigation Reform Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Imperatives of Survivor-Oriented Advocacy,” 17:2 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law 282 (2010).