Kathryne Metcalf



Ph.D. Student, Communication and Science Studies, University of California San Diego, 2019-present

M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2019

B.A., Literary Studies, Beloit College, 2015


Kate Metcalf is a doctoral student at UCSD in Communication and Science Studies. Her work is located at the intersection of public science and the culture industry. She is particularly interested in how popular conceptions of human genomics are formed through corporate interventions, as well as how the scientific imagination of the public manages, utilizes, and finds spaces for play around such biomedical discourses.

Before coming to San Diego, Kate was a science writer and outreach specialist with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Her work there included the development of The World of Genomics, a travelling museum exhibit that has been shown at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. She also holds an MA in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where she completed a thesis entitled "Technophobia: Exploring Fearful Virtuality." That project offered a theoretical examination of how popular media fears Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to invoke broader concerns of subjection under capital and the limitations of the humanist "self."