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Lindsey Breitwieser

Lindsey Breitwieser, Instructor

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Lindsey Breitwieser, Instructor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
221 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Lindsey Breitwieser is an Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. She is a feminist science and technology studies and queer disability studies scholar whose work focuses on necropolitics in medical praxis and maternal-fetal medicine. Her current book project focuses on “postmortem pregnancy,” or the maintenance of fetal development in utero after maternal brain death. She is particularly focused on the socio-scientific construction of the death-bound subject and the genealogy of the biological life/death binary. She teaches courses on identity and power; feminist, queer, and crip theory; and medical humanities.Description here. 

  • Postcolonial Feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • Queer-Crip Theory
  • Madness studies
  • Black Feminist and Queer of Color Anti-Humanisms
  • Reproductive Health and Justice
  • PhD in Gender Studies, Certificate in Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University
  • MA in Gender Studies, Indiana University
  • BA in Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Charleston
  • Co-Chair, National Women’s Studies Association Feminist Science and Technology Studies Task Force
  • Organizer, Junior Scholars in Feminist Science and Technology Studies Working Group

Breitwieser, L & Scott, J. (2021). Femininity, Body Size, and (Mis)Fitting in Rock Climbing Culture. Fat Studies, special issue on Fat Femininities.

Schnabel, L, Breitwieser, L, & Hawbaker, A. (2016). Subjectivity in Feminist Science and Technology Studies: Implications and Applications for Sociological Research. Sociology Compass, 10 (4), 318-329.

Schnabel, L & Breitwieser, L. (2015). Recent Advances in Feminist Science and Technology Studies: Reconceptualizing Subjectivity and Knowledge. Advances in Gender Research, 20, 43-63.

  • Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 2017
  • Reynolds-Finley Associates Fellowship in the History of Health Sciences, Lister Hill Libraries Historical Collections Unit, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2016
  • Select Invited Lectures
  • Postmortem Pregnancy in Transnational Context: New Visions for Maternal Autonomy, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2021
  • Affirming Rights for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People: The Russian Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage, Институт Региональной Прессы [Regional Press Institute], 2020
  • Gray Matters: Postmortem Pregnancy at the Nexus of Brain Death Law and Science, University of Notre Dame, 2019
  • Postmortem Pregnancy and Gender Politics in the ICU, University of Alabama, 2018

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