My current book-length project examines the genealogies of the coronavirus pandemic in the context of climate change and environmental devastation. I approach the pandemic as an ecological, biomedical and clinical phenomenon in relation to environmental and racial justice movements, as well as queer and feminist health activism, with a special focus on North America.
My research centers on medical and scientific knowledge production (especially immunology, virology and epidemiology) and how biomedical practices are historically entangled with political, material and economic forces in what has come to be known as the age of the Anthropocene. I am particularly interested in concepts of indeterminacy and uncertainty; marginal and obsolete knowledge systems; and epistemic justice, inclusivity and accessibility in higher education. I have published in Somatechnics, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly and Feral Feminisms, among others. My poetry pamphlet Natural Language was published in 2017 by Dancing Girl Press and I have been working with poetry and experimental prose in various formats since 2002.
During 2016-18, I was a research fellow at the Image Knowledge Gestaltung Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt University, and I have devised and taught graduate seminars in the MA program in Gender Studies at Humboldt. My academic research and teaching are informed by many years of queer and feminist activism spanning public art and community organizing. I co-hosted the podcast Radical Encounter, directed three editions of the NYC Feminist Film Week (2017-19) and have been collaborating since 2010 with Harmattan Theater, an NYC based environmental performance ensemble.
I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies with a certificate in Art and Philosophy from Stony Brook State University of New York (SUNY).