STS PhD Student Profiles


Raquel Baldwinson (English)

Raquel Baldwinson is a PhD Student in English and Science and Technology Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of many disciplines, including Rhetoric, Science and Technology Studies, Medical Humanities, and Critical Global Health. In her work, she uses rhetorical methods to examine discourse about “collaboration” in global health, creating an entry point for inquiry into global health research/er ethics. She is Ethics Research Project Lead with the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative of the Faculty of Medicine.

Loren Gaudet (English)
Loren specializes in science and technology studies and the rhetoric of health and medicine. Specifically, she is interested in the ways in which the rhetorics of early detection and preventative testing invite us to speculate and anticipate our futures. Her research is concerned with time and identity, biomedicalization and technology, and understandings of personal responsibility, knowledge, and risk mitigation.

Adrian Lou (English)
Adrian is a PhD student in English, specializing in rhetoric and cognitive linguistics. He is interested in how modern digital technology, ranging from social media to smartphones, persuades us to construct and perform our identities. His research utilizes both rhetorical theory and cognitive linguistics theory (such as conceptual metaphor theory, blending, and viewpoint) to examine internet discourse and the ways in which multimodal interfaces allow and restrict how users are able to present themselves.

Kurian Peter (English)
Kurian’s primary academic interests are Neo-Victorian studies, Post-Colonialism and STS. His interests in STS are motivated by Steampunk’s use of Victorian science and technology both in the literature of the genre as well as the artifacts produced by the DIY enthusiasts of the Steampunk sub-culture. He will examine how the current popularity of Steampunk machinery could be understood as an antidote to the sense of alienation of the end-user from the product that most contemporary technological devices engender. He is also interested in the relationship between magic, science and pseudoscience and his thesis will investigate how Victorian scientific theories (such as ether, phlogiston), now rubbished as pseudoscience, are resurrected in Steampunk literature in the form of magical-scientific technologies.

Sara Press (English)
My research in postcolonial theory is grounded in an exploration of ecocriticism as a posthumanist alternative to prevailing humanist discourses within cosmopolitan thought. Cosmopolitanism is intrinsically problematic, since it is rooted in a humanism that privileges certain individuals as more human than others, and neglects the agency of nonhumans. Building on the idea that racism, classism, and sexism are interconnected byproducts of colonial oppression, I incorporate environmental abuse into a re-reading of historically overlooked inequalities in order to recuperate the subjectivity of all subjugated bodies in the human, animal and natural world. Exploring the relationships between these overlapping geographies has led to my interest in psychogeography and spatial theory, as I question cartographic knowledge and the problematic nature of colonial mapping.