Masters Students (MA in STS and Research Streams)
Sarah Kamal is an MA student in Science and Technology Studies at UBC. A former development worker turned budding novelist, her interests span media reconstruction, gender, community resilience, and forced migration. Of particular interest: how rapid shifts in media technologies and cultures influence social and political cohesion, whether as related to her past research on women's independent radio in Afghanistan or her current focus on digital media policy in Canada.
Ata Heshmati is an MA student in the graduate program of Science and Technology Studies at UBC. His research interests include historical approaches to the study of science, religion, and the state particularly in the 1980s Middle East. Through a historical analysis of the early stages of Iran's cultural revolution, Ata is examining a range of policies and practices that combine pursuit of an Islamic government with high-level justification for and pursuit of scientific and technological modernization. He is also interested in the relationship between nuclear technology and state in the modern Middle East, and its engagements with Islam, popular culture, and literature.
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.
PhD Students (Research Streams)
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.
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).
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.
Aisha is a current PhD student in the School of Kinesiology. She is deeply interested in the history of culture, particularly in medicine and the body. Her current research considers how body classification systems were used throughout the 20th century to ‘make up’ people, to foster specific understandings of human evolution and variation, and quite often to establish discriminatory beliefs about race and gender.