CV

EDUCATION

Stanford University, PhD in Modern Thought and Literature, June 2017

  • Dissertation: “Synthetic Biology and Life’s Imagined Futures”

  • Committee: Ramón Saldívar and Ursula Heise (co-advisors); Jessica Riskin; Mark McGurl

Cornell University, BA summa cum laude in Biological Sciences and Comparative Literature, 2007


TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Science and Technology Studies; 20th and 21st century American Literature; Speculative Fiction; Bioethics; History and Philosophy of Science; Ecocriticism


AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

Best Graduate Poster Award (2nd Place), 2017 National Human Genome Research Institute Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting

Out of over 100 posters in all categories including genomic sciences and medicine

Training Fellowship, Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, 2016-2017

Sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health

Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-2016

Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities and Sciences, 2013-2015

Awarded to “exceptional rising fourth year doctoral candidates in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and statistics”

Lane Research Grant, 2014

Awarded to fund pre-dissertation research in the history of science, medicine, and technology

Senior Essay Prize, Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 2007


ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

Phylogénies de la biologie do-it-yourself (Review essay), forthcoming in Techniques et Cultures

Orphan Black and Race: Omissions and a New Realism, Science Fiction Film and Television vol. 11, no. 3, 2018, pp. 395-400.

Engineering the Liquid Posthuman. Review of Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Science Fiction, and Society, by Lars Schmeink. Science Fiction Studies vol. 45, no. 2, 2018, pp. 390-391.

A Human Genome Synthesis Project: The Crazy Constructive Science of BBC America’s Orphan Black, Occasion, vol. 12, 2018.

Real Vegan Cheese and the Artistic Critique of Biotechnology, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society vol. 3, 2017, pp. 180-205.

Entre le garage, le public et le marché : valuations de la biologie do-it-yourself, [with Morgan Meyer] in Savants, artistes, citoyens: tous créateurs?, ed. Olivier Leclerc, Editions Sciences et biens communs, Québec, 2016.


INVITED TALKS

Biology is Technology: Synthetic Biology, Artificial Life, and the Emergence of Synthetic Biology (Invited Talk), History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Colloquium, Johns Hopkins, March 2018

From ‘Natural State’ to Wetware: A Literary History of American Biohacking (Invited Talk), Stanford Environmental Humanities Group, March 2017

Imagined Futures: Exploring how speculation about the future shapes what actually comes to pass (Invited Panelist), Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Tufts University, March 2016

Biopunk: Sociotechnical Imaginaries in George Church’s Regenesis and Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 (Invited Talk), Stanford Working Group on Speculative Fiction, October 2015

Les biohackers et la biologie de garage dans l’imaginaire de la biologie synthètique (Invited Talk), co-organized by the Pépinière Interdisciplinaire at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Paris Sciences et Lettres and La Paillasse, Paris, June 2015 

Science in Context (Guest lecture), Fundamentals of Laboratory Research, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley, June 2015; invited back 2016; also delivered at UC Berkeley’s Advanced Talent Development Program for international high school students, August 2015

Biohacking, Citizen Science, or DIYbio? The Real Vegan Cheese Project (Guest lecture), STS I, Stanford University, February 2015

Complexity and Aesthetics (Guest lecture), Complex Systems Laboratory class, Stanford University, December 2013


CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

From Emergent Strategy to Creative Destruction: Octavia Butler and the Onto-Ethics of Change, Modern Language Association, January 2019 (scheduled)

Science Fiction, Gene Editing, and the Future of Nature, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, October 2018

Modified Mosquitoes in my Backyard? Historical Precedents and Contemporary Approaches to Public Engagement in the Release of GMOs for Public Health Purposes, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, October 2018

The End of Synthetic Biology? What Futures? (Invited Workshop Participant), University of Edinburgh, December 2017

Shaping Life and Sharing Life in Joan Slonczewski’s Door Into Ocean: An Alternate History of Synthetic Biology (ASLE Panel), Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, November 2017

Playing With Life: How Science Fiction Helped Shape the Moral Economy of Synthetic Biology, Society for Social Studies of Science, August 2017

Biohackers in science and fiction: A literary pre-history of synthetic biology (poster presentation), National Human Genome Research Institute Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting, April 2017

Orphan Black and Biotech, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, November 2016 (Roundtable with Priscilla Wald, Nathaniel Comfort, Sherryl Vint, Everett Hamner, and Cosima Herter)

Biopunk: Evolving biotechnologies in speculative fiction and speculative nonfiction, Modern Language Association, January 2016

Redesigning Synthetic Biology: Towards a Constructive Critique of a Technoscience (Invited Workshop Participant), Co-organized by the Department of Philosophy, Université Paris I, and the Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine, University of Freiburg, July 2015

Real Vegan Cheese, International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM), Boston, MA, October 2014 (with Patrik D’haeseleer, Advait Patel, and Eri Gentry)

Designing the Future: Bioengineering and Margaret Atwood’s MadAddam Trilogy, Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Forum on the Novel: Sciences and Fictions, December 2013

The Nature of Life, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, September 2012

The Research Literacy Course at Bronx Science, National Consortium for Specialised Secondary Schools of Math, Science, and Technology, March 2008 (with Zachary Lynn)


INSTRUCTOR POSITIONS

“Sex, Robots, and Doing the Right Thing: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Technology,” Medicine, Science, and the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University, Winter Intersession 2019 (listed)

Reads Moral philosophy together with science fiction to explore the ethics of technology analytically and imaginatively, with a specific focus on robots (particularly those built to perform tasks without human input) and reproductive technologies. Demonstrates how the ethical issues associated with technology vary over time and space.

“The Critique of Technology,” Program in Science and Technology Studies, Stanford University, Winter 2017 (with Héctor Hoyos)

Explores technology’s discontents Through literature, film, and nonfiction texts from across the Americas to reframe questions surrounding digital and biological technologies, and giving students the tools to formulate their own arguments about the relationship between technology and culture

“The Rhetoric of Life Itself: Biotechnology and Emerging Life,” Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, Winter and Spring 2012

Freshman writing seminar introducing topics in bioethics through the analysis of art, literature, and media portrayals of biotechnology and the development of an original research paper

 “Topics in Complexity,” Department of Biology, Stanford University, Fall 2011 (with Mark Longo and Diamantis Sellis)

interdisciplinary introduction to complexity theory, including lectures on the history of complexity theory; connections between complexity science and poststructuralist theory in the humanities; and applications of complexity thinking in political philosophy

Pre-GED Instructor, Literacy Partners, New York, 2010

Prepared adults from a wide range of educational backgrounds to pass the General Educational Development (GED) exam, and supervised volunteer tutors 

Biology Teacher, The Bronx High School of Science, 2007 – 2009

Taught Research Literacy, Biology, and Health Sciences; collaborated with other teachers to design a new research literacy curriculum focused on experimental design, analysis, and academic writing


TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

“The Public Life of Science and Technology,” Program in Science and Technology Studies, Stanford University, Winter 2015 (Profs. John Willinsky, Tom Mullaney, and Sandra Soo-Jin Lee)

“Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering,” Department of History, Stanford University, Winter 2013 and Spring 2014 (Prof. Londa Schiebinger)

designed and delivered writing workshops and helped students develop their research papers through one-on-one conferences and written feedback AS THE Class WRITING SPECIALIST

“Literature of the Americas,” Department of English, Stanford University, Spring 2011 (Profs. Roland Greene and Ramón Saldívar)


ACTIVITIES AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Organizer (with Graham Mooney), Containment Politics Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (Scheduled Spring 2019)

International Symposium bringing together Medical Professionals, Policy Makers, and Humanities and social science scholars to explore the ethical and social dimensions of infectious disease containment, sponsored by the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Department of the History of Medicine, Biocontainment Unit, JoHns Hopkins

Volunteer Tutor, Berkeley READS (Adult Literacy Program), 2015-2017

Department Liaison for the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, 2015-2016

Admissions Committee, Program in Modern Thought and Literature, 2014

Graduate Student Representative, MTL Steering Committee, 2013-2014

Co-founder of Stanford Complexity Group, 2010-2017

Organized a well-attended speaker series showcasing how scholars in various fields approach complex systems; led seminar discussions on specific texts relating to the tools, methods, and philosophical and cultural implications of complexity theory that attracted participation from scientists and humanists

Faculty advisor to the Bronx Science Journal of Biology, 2008-2009


RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, Triple Helix Association, 2015

Reviewed and synthesized literature on the entrepreneurial university and the changing landscape of higher education and scientific knowledge production as a research assistant to sociologist Henry Etzkowitz

Research Assistant, Harrison Lab, Cornell University, 2004-2007

Investigated candidate genes for signs of sexual selection in two cricket species using molecular techniques such as PCR, cloning, and DNA sequencing


OTHER STUDIES

“Oral History Training Institute,” Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA, June 2018

Learning by Design: Designing Courses for Effective Student Learning, Stanford Graduate Summer Institute, Summer 2016

Media Between Data and Experience, with Mark Hansen, The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, Summer 2014

The Human Animal, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Summer School organized by Sheila Jasanoff, Giuseppe Testa, and Haldor Steffanson, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011

University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and VII (Jussieu), 2006, Coursework in French literature


Modern Language Association

Society for Social Studies of Science

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS