Research

Dr. Barr’s areas of interest include:

  • Gender and health, particularly HIV/AIDS 
  • Feminist and queer rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Rhetoric of social movements
  • Science and technology studies
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Research

Dr. Barr’s areas of interest include:

  • Gender and health, particularly HIV/AIDS 
  • Feminist and queer rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Rhetoric of social movements
  • Science and technology studies
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HER RESEARCH FOCUSES ON:

Women and HIV/AIDS: 
Dr. Barr has published peer reviewed articles on sex differences in HIV cure research and gendered violence and risk of HIV acquisition. She’s collaborated with clinicians and scientists on the development of several international clinical treatment trials as well as a successful pilot program of targeted women’s outreach workers at clinical research sites. Currently, Dr. Barr is an investigator for a study of the feasibility of emergency contraception (as opposed to double barrier methods of contraception) in the context of HIV treatment trials. 
 
Public memory and HIV/AIDS activism: 
Dr. Barr is interested in histories of AIDS activism, particularly the stories we tell about scientific and biomedical activism. She’s published work utilizing feminist theories of embodiment to understand community testimony at the FDA, and is currently working on an article that explores how activists, clinicians, and scientists who are interested in social justice construct arguments—for novel methods, for diversity in studies, for access to treatment/medicine, etc.— in a time of scarce financial resources. 
 
Constructions of mental illness: 
Dr. Barr researches the ways that people resist constructions of mental illness. She’s published work on The Icarus Project, a radical mental health collective that creates space for people to understand mental illness differently: as a dangerous gift. Two papers about The Icarus Project have won Top Paper awards at the National Communication Association’s Annual Conference (2013 and 2014).

Her research focuses on:

Women and HIV/AIDS: 
Dr. Barr has published peer reviewed articles on sex differences in HIV cure research and gendered violence and risk of HIV acquisition. She’s collaborated with clinicians and scientists on the development of several international clinical treatment trials as well as a successful pilot program of targeted women’s outreach workers at clinical research sites. Currently, Dr. Barr is an investigator for a study of the feasibility of emergency contraception (as opposed to double barrier methods of contraception) in the context of HIV treatment trials. 
 
Public memory and HIV/AIDS activism: 
Dr. Barr is interested in histories of AIDS activism, particularly the stories we tell about scientific and biomedical activism. She’s published work utilizing feminist theories of embodiment to understand community testimony at the FDA, and is currently working on an article that explores how activists, clinicians, and scientists who are interested in social justice construct arguments—for novel methods, for diversity in studies, for access to treatment/medicine, etc.— in a time of scarce financial resources. 
 
Constructions of mental illness: 
Dr. Barr researches the ways that people resist constructions of mental illness. She’s published work on The Icarus Project, a radical mental health collective that creates space for people to understand mental illness differently: as a dangerous gift. Two papers about The Icarus Project have won Top Paper awards at the National Communication Association’s Annual Conference (2013 and 2014).
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Peer Reviewed Articles:

Barr, Liz, et al. “Gendered Violence, HIV Acquisition, and Clinical/Behavioral Research,” Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice: 7, No. 2 (2014): 77-89. 
Available here.

Gianella, Sara, Athe Tsibris, Liz Barr, and Catherine Godfrey. “Barriers to a Cure for HIV in Women,” Journal of the International AIDS Society 19, No. 1 (2016): 1-10. 
Available here. 

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Peer Reviewed Articles:

Barr, Liz, et al. “Gendered Violence, HIV Acquisition, and Clinical/Behavioral Research,” Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice: 7, No. 2 (2014): 77-89. 
Available here.

Gianella, Sara, Athe Tsibris, Liz Barr, and Catherine Godfrey. “Barriers to a Cure for HIV in Women,” Journal of the International AIDS Society 19, No. 1 (2016): 1-10. 
Available here. 

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Book Chapters:

Barr, Liz. “Spiritual Narratives and The Icarus Project: Disidentification and a Rhetoric of Liberation.” In Practical Spiritualities, edited by Monica Emerich and Curtis Coats, 143-156. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015.

Barr, Liz. “Embodied Vernacularity at the FDA: Feminism, Epistemic Authority and Biomedical Activism.” In _Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Human Bodies, Posthuman Worlds_, Edited by Julie Jung and Amanda Booher, under contract at Southern Illinois University Press. 

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Book Chapters:

Barr, Liz. “Spiritual Narratives and The Icarus Project: Disidentification and a Rhetoric of Liberation.” In Practical Spiritualities, edited by Monica Emerich and Curtis Coats, 143-156. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015.

Barr, Liz. “Embodied Vernacularity at the FDA: Feminism, Epistemic Authority and Biomedical Activism.” In _Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Human Bodies, Posthuman Worlds_, Edited by Julie Jung and Amanda Booher, under contract at Southern Illinois University Press. 

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Review Essays & Book Reviews

Review Essays:
Barr, Liz. “Surveilling the Body: Reproductive Technologies and the Pregnant Body,” Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources: 35, No. 1-2 (2014): 11-14. 

Book reviews
Review of Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative, by Theresa Delgadillo, Rhizomes, 2012, Available here.

Review of Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire ed. by C. B. Daring et al. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 1, no. 3 (2014): 159-161. 

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Review Essays & Book Reviews

Review Essays:
Barr, Liz. “Surveilling the Body: Reproductive Technologies and the Pregnant Body,” Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources: 35, No. 1-2 (2014): 11-14. 

Book reviews
Review of Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative, by Theresa Delgadillo, Rhizomes, 2012, Available here.

Review of Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire ed. by C. B. Daring et al. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 1, no. 3 (2014): 159-161.