Graduate Students

PhD Student

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, where he has a designated research specialization in Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Primarily a philosopher of science, Kinley focuses on political science, the social-scientific study of science itself (that is, science studies), and applied ecology (where his main interest is in the social and political dimensions of conservation and restoration).

In his work, Kinley tries to answer questions about “policy-relevant” knowledge; “knowledge translation” generally; the notion of a “usable past”; “public” and “socially-relevant” scholarship; the role of philosophy of science and science studies with respect to science itself; and the application of political science and theory to models of science, science policy, and environmental policy.

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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.





Master Student

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

Thesis: Clarifying the mechanisms by which psychedelics achieve therapeutic efficacy
Supervisor: Alan Richardson
Andrew is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto.

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

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

Class of 2013

Thesis title: “A Grammar of Animals: Dramatism, Experimental Animals, and the Narrative of Biomedical Progress”
Supervisor: Ian Hill

Class of 2012