Cristina Visperas

Cristina Visperas


2015 Advanced to Candidacy in Communication and Science Studies joint Ph.D program, University of California, San Diego
2007 B.S., Biotechnology, University of California, Davis
2011 M.A., Media Studies, San Diego State University

Research Interest:

science and technology studies, feminism, critical theory, black studies, disability studies, visual culture


Considering scientific and medical visualizations of the body and race, my research brings theories of black thought, principally antiblackness, to the analysis and interpretation of visual methods and imaging technologies used in scientific and clinical laboratory practice. My research is historical and entails work with archival publications and documents from the postwar life sciences. I have a co-authored publication in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry about viral visibility and Kaposi's sarcoma in sub-Saharan Africa, and another in the Journal of Neurosurgery about models of verifying neural stem cell potency. I also have collaborative work in progress about Barbara McClintock's use of sketches and maps, and a UCIRA funded project on documentary practice with body-mounted cameras. I am affiliated with the campus Center for Research on Gender in the Professions, and am the managing editor of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, a full-time paid research position that I will hold for two years (2014-16) through which I oversee all details of this new online publication launching in Fall 2015. I report to an editorial board that includes STS scholars from seven North American universities. I was the co-organizer, with Monika Sengul-Jones, Lisa Cartwright and Liz Losh, of the UC-wide FemTechNet symposium held at UCSD in 2013. My research is informed by my past experience as a laboratory researcher in academic and industry settings, where the focus of my work ranged from stems cells and parasitic plants to burn injuries and the biochemistry of membranes.


Singh, P., Cartwright, L., & Visperas, C. (2014). African kaposi’s sarcoma in the light of global AIDS: Antiblackness and viral visibility. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(4), 467-478.

Kharazi, A., Levy, M., Visperas, M. C., & Lin, C. M. (2013). Chicken embryonic brain: an in vivo model for verifying neural stem cell potency. Journal of Neurosurgery, 119(2), 512-519.

Department of Communication #0503
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0503