elizaBeth Simpson


Urbana, IL
United States


Doctoral Candidate


elizaBeth Simpson studies the dynamics of collaboration, participation, social responsibility, and personal agency, especially as they intersect with cultural work. Her current research interests as a phD candidate in the Institute of Communications Research at UIUC include participatory knowledge making, with particular emphasis on embodied cognition, political theater, and restorative justice. Her doctoral project seeks to illuminate principles of anti-oppressive small group process through an examination of demechanization as used in Theatre of the Oppressed . In addition to her work as a researcher, elizaBeth has been a facilitator and consultant for grassroots social justice organizations for over 20 years, and is also a performance and multimedia artist who specializes in collaborative projects with people who would not call themselves “creative.”