Elizabeth Lewis

Professor of Anthropology


Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, the University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago

B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton College


  • Medical anthropologist specializing in the study of disability, health, and kinship.
  • Freelance writer focusing on the intersections of culture, bodies, and experience. 


Dr. Elizabeth Lewis is a medical anthropologist specializing in the study of disability. She works as a project manager at the Texas Center for Disability Studies and an instructor at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Social Work. 

Previously, Dr. Lewis conducted an ethnographic study of family experiences with rare and undiagnosed disabilities, which included fieldwork in the United States, Guatemala, and digital communities. 


Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College.

Selected Publications
  • "A Death in the Family: Activism, Mourning, and Diagnostic Kinship.” Disability Studies Quarterly 36(4). 2016.
  • “Affect and Emotion,” co-authored Kathleen Stewart. In the International Encyclopedia
    of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, edited by Dominic Boyer and Ulf Hannerz. 2015.
  • “The Enclosed Case.” In The Ethnographic Case, edited by Emily Yates-Doerr and Christine Labuski. Mattering Press. 2017.

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