Raquel Baldwinson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Science and Technology Studies. Baldwinson's dissertation, "Global Health Doubt and the Rhetoric of Interdisciplinarity," focuses on the problem of doubt in global health— that is, on how publics began to lose faith in global health's key institutional actors, discourses, and actions. Her work focuses especially on doubt in relation to the complex discourses of interdisciplinarity. Baldwinson's scholarship combines historical analytics with rhetorical inquiry.
Loren specializes in science and technology studies and the rhetoric of health and medicine. Her dissertation focuses on the rhetorics of health awareness and the ways in which health awareness seeps into everyday life to affect ways of being. By combining STS andrhetorical-critical methodologies, she extends her analysis of health awareness beyond campaigns to such artifacts as wearable technologies and life-insurance ads.
Adrian is a PhD candidate in English, specializing in rhetoric and cognitive linguistics. His dissertation attempts to synthesize rhetoric with cognitive linguistics in order to produce a functional theory of cognitive rhetoric, which views persuasion through the lens of cognition. Specifically, his research examines the ways in which emergent communicative phenomena online are yielding novel rhetorical strategies.
Kurian’s primary academic interests are Neo-Victorian studies and STS. He is interested in the distinctions between science and pseudoscience and his thesis will investigate the effects of the rehabilitation of Victorian technoscience in Steampunk fiction. He is also interested in the study of ignorance creation and how the depiction of pseudoscientific technofantasy in Steampunk can be theorized in relation to agnotology.
Sara is a PhD student in English and Science and Technology Studies. Her work in postcolonial theory is grounded in a critique of Western knowledge construction and the socio-medical classifications that hierarchize bodies. Her research explores how intersecting modes of oppression limit people in their physical and rhetorical abilities, as well as how the standardization of medical bodies has been used to reinforce a Eurocentric ideal of health, for both the individual and the nation.
Nathan's research traces a transatlantic genealogy of poet-farmers from the Romantics (Burns, Clare, Elliott) through often anonymous ex-slaves and sharecroppers to contemporary Americans (Levis, Berry, Soto). He uses their work to examine how agricultural history influences aesthetic values and vice versa, and to analyse contemporary agricultural-aesthetic developments (food waste, extinction, produce standards, food safety legislation, anti-GMOs, organic foods, localism, and sustainability).
Kinley Gillette is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy. Focusing on case studies from political science and environmental science, he works on science studies methodology, the role of science in society and politics, and public scholarship. In his current research, Kinley aims to reflexively apply to science studies itself work on the value-ladenness of science, the accountability of science, representational ideals, and idealization in modelling practice. His goal is to reform science studies methodology, in large part to give the field tools to take on a more active, beneficial, and flexible role in addressing pressing contemporary concerns about scientific authority in politics.
Bianca Crewe is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy. Her interests cluster around epistemology construed as a theory of the conditions under which objective knowledge is possible, specifically in the neo-Kantian tradition in the history and philosophy of science. She works on questions surrounding the conceptual frameworks that structure how we know, as manifested across disciplines, including the history of analytic philosophy, feminist epistemologies of science, and continental and post-structuralist theory.
Class of 2017
Shannon is an MA student in the English Department. She is primarily interested in how scientific discourse is tied to systemic oppression and how both science and oppression are dealt with in literature of the Victorian period. Shannon also likes movies about superheroes or outer space, books about magic, and earl grey tea.
Class of 2016
Andrew Jones is an MA student in Department of Philosophy at UBC. His research interests involve a combination of issues in the philosophy of mind and STS. In particular, he is interested in looking at the emerging discipline of psychedelic medicine, and examining the ways in which researchers deal with the discipline's complicated relationship to counter-cultural practices and sentiments.
Stefano works full-time in the Gift & Estate Planning team at UBC, Development and Alumni Engagement. He has a Law degree and has already completed a Master’s in International Studies in Italy. His area of interest is the human/nonhuman divide in (settler colonial) liberalism. He has too many “other” areas of interests to list them, but only one big passion: his wife and his little son.
Joey is an MA student in the English department. He completed his BA in English at the University of Victoria and works as a Junior Programmer and consultant for The Map of Early Modern London. His research interests include Indigenous and diasporic literatures written in “North America,” critical theory (affect theory, new materialism, and media theory), gender, race, and social justice, and the digital humanities. His current research project investigates the entanglement of Indigenous and diasporic life, land, and labour in relation to uranium mining and the atomic bomb.
Kejia Wang (王可嘉) is currently an MA student in the department of English, specializing in STS. She received her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests involve the rhetoric of health and medicine, with particular interests in East Asian rhetorics and engineering applications. She is currently planning to write a thesis on postpartum confinement in China. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing and playing video games.
Gen Cruz is currently pursuing an MA in history – she is interested in historical surrounding the Marine Coral Triangle and the coastal areas of BC. Prior to being on the STS program, Gen completed a Masters in Journalism with the UBC School of Journalism. She is also the current President of the Graduate Student Society.
Katie Powell is an MA student in the History Department where she also completed her undergraduate degree. Her research interests include the history of science and medicine in the nineteenth century, particularly the relationship between natural landscapes, build environments, and the early treatment of mental illness in Britain. She is also interested in public history, museology, and digital collections and works as a photographer in her spare time.
Class of 2015
Michael comes to STS by way of a BSc in Biology (UBC, 2013). His areas of interest range from Philosophy and History to Literature and Sociology. Although thesis as of yet undecided, he is concerned with public perceptions of what science is and how it functions, the overlap between scientific and literary writing, the strengths and potential limitations of STS and how it will grow as a discipline given the ever more asymptotic surge of technologies in the 21st century .
YU Jia (余 佳) joined the STS graduate program at UBC in September 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Traffic Engineering from Tongji University (Shanghai), and her master degree in History of Science from Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing). Her earlier works focus on the teaching practice of the discipline of psychology in the early PRC period (1949-1966). She is broadly interested in exploring the historical significance of human sciences, especially in the sprouting, hybrid, and nationalistic understanding and activity of science, medicine, and disease in late imperial and modern Chinese society. She is learning German and Manchu at a beginner’s level. In her spare time, she likes gardening, cycling, and playing with sudoku puzzles.
Class of 2014
Thesis title: “How thinking became work: the mental work problem in nineteenth-century Europe”
Supervisor: Robert Brain
Jordan is now pursuing a PhD in History of Science at Harvard University.
Class of 2013
Thesis title: “A Grammar of Animals: Dramatism, Experimental Animals, and the Narrative of Biomedical Progress”
Supervisor: Ian Hill
Thesis title: “‘No Science, No Democracy’: Environmental Knowledge and Scientific Activism in Canada”
Supervisor: John Beatty
Shoshana is now pursuing a PhD in STS at Cornell University.
Thesis Title: “Magna Mater: Women and Eugenic Thought in the Work of H.P. Lovecraft”
Supervisor: Margery Fee
Class of 2012
Thesis title: “Knowledge Translation in Action: Cancer Biology and Systems Pharmacology at the National Center for Advancing Translational Science”
Supervisor: John Beatty
Peggy is now pursuing a PhD in STS at York University.
Thesis title: “Bourdieu and Latour in STS: ‘Let’s Leave Aside All the Facts for A While‘”
Supervisor: Stephen Petrina