My work is embedded in cultural studies and feminist transdisciplinary methodologies, with research and teaching interests including the history & politics of knowledge, environmental & science studies, transnational American studies, and feminist & queer theories. I write unnatural histories of organic and inorganic matter, untangling the uneasy relationships of scientific practices with language, technology, matter, and politics. My primary object of study is the politics and cultural histories of knowledge production, with a focus on the (post)human body. More specifically, I am currently working on concepts of life, self and difference in scientific discourse, and relations between inside and outside of the body (organism and environment). My aim is to articulate how knowledge practices in the sciences have become embedded in a culturally situated understanding of the living body, and how the materiality of physiological processes exceeds, without necessarily preceding, the discursive practices we use to describe and manipulate them.
RESEARCH & TEACHING AREAS
cultural history & history of knowledge (esp. medical & scientific knowledge practices)
North American studies (esp. body culture, illness, disability, aging, sexuality)
environmental & science studies (esp. life & medical sciences, political ecology, environmental justice)
transdisciplinary body studies (esp. queer & feminist body theory)
feminist & queer theories & methodologies (esp. feminist materialisms & posthumanisms)