Elizabeth Stephens is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021). She was previously an Australian Research Council Research Fellow (2010-2014). Her research brings together critical theories and cultural histories of the body, with a focus on gender studies, queer theory, critical race and disability studies, and continental philosophy. Her Future Fellowship examines the cultural history of the experiment, from early modern science to contemporary experimental art. It seeks to show how collaborations between the arts and sciences have historically produced breakthroughs in knowledge and creative practice, and provide models for productive collaborative practice in the present.
She is a founding member of the Somatechnics Research Network, and has been a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of Exeter, and a Visiting Fellow in the History of Science and Medicine at the Huntington Library. In 2010, she was a recipient of the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award. She is currently an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of the Emotions.