Katharina Heyer is an associate professor of political science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she also received her PhD. Her research explores the ways that notions of disability equality and disability justice are mobilized and contested by local, national and global networks. Her book Rights Enabled: the Disability Revolution (University of Michigan Press, 2015) follows the development of disability rights discourse in the United States, Japan, Germany, and the United Nations, and examines the implementation of disability education and employment human rights guarantees. She has also published on the politics of disability rights within contemporary discourse on prenatal testing, selective abortion, and death and dying policies. She is the co-founder of CRN 40 (Disability Legal Studies), a past member of the LSA Board of Trustees, and chaired the local arrangements committee for the 2012 LSA Conference.