Beth Ribet, PhD, JD, is a Visiting Research Professor in 2012-2013.
Beth Ribet, PhD, JD is a socio-legal scholar with interests in
disability, family and medical leave, international human rights, gender
studies, civil rights, and employment. She obtained her PhD in Social
Relations from the University of California-Irvine, and her JD from
UCLA, with a concentration in Critical Race Studies. In 2012-2013, she
serves as principal investigator on an empirical legal research project
supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on the theme of "Family
and Medical Leave Law: Variations in State Protections for Workers'
Health". Dr. Ribet's research often engages the subject of
"disablement", referencing the production of new injuries, illnesses and
impairments through mass violence, stratification, and social inequity.
She has published on this subject in the context of the U.S. prison
system and international disability law. She continues to write about
the creation of disabilities in these contexts, and in others including
genocide and warfare, and commercial sexual exploitation. Her areas of
teaching expertise in Sociology and Anthropology include but are not
limited to Sociology of the Family, Medical Sociology, Social
Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, and Research Methods (qualitative),
among others. In Law, her areas of teaching expertise and interest
include but are not limited to Disability Law, Civil Rights, and
- JD, UCLA
- PhD, University of California-Irvine
- BA, University of Florida