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Introducing Theresa MacPhail, Draper’s New Fellow in Science Studies

We’re delighted to welcome Draper alumna Theresa MacPhail as our new faculty fellow in Science Studies. Professor MacPhail will be teaching Introduction to Science Studies in the fall, and more information on the class will be available shortly. Her bio is below; please join us in welcoming her to the program.

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Dr. MacPhail received her PhD in Medical Anthropology from UC-Berkeley/UC-San Francisco. Her first book, Siren Song: A Pathography of Influenza and Global Public Health, is based on her dissertation research on the science and epidemiology of influenza in Hong Kong, the United States, and Europe, and is currently under development at Cornell University Press as part of their new series on expertise. Dr. MacPhail received her MA at the Draper Program with a focus in STS and Global Histories, and has a BA in Journalism from the University of New Hampshire.

Her work and research interests center on: the historical, cultural and social aspects of infectious disease; the development and utilization of new technologies within epidemiology and medicine; the production and circulation of information and knowledge in bioscience and public health; politics and the emergence of “global” public health policies; the construction of scientific expertise; new media, public communication, and the construction of narratives in the biosciences and epidemiology; and the process of decision-making in relationship to uncertainty and risk. Both her research and methodology integrate ethnography and anthropology with the fields of journalism, science & technology studies, history, and political science.

She is the current recipient of a writing fellowship from the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science in East Asia and is a former recipient of the multi-year Chancellor’s Fellowship at UC-Berkeley. Her field sites and areas of geographic interest are Hong Kong, China, and the United States. Her next research project will examine the resurgence of bed bugs and the threat of dengue fever in the United States and in Hong Kong, focusing on local and national public health response, information campaigns, and how disease and pestilence play into the recent fears over the United States’ financial turmoil and intellectual and cultural decline as a “world power.”

Introducing Mario A. Caro, Draper’s New Faculty Fellow in Art Worlds

Draper is delighted to introduce Mario A. Caro as our new faculty fellow in Art Worlds. Dr. Caro will be teaching two courses for Draper in the fall–Introduction to Art Worlds I and Topics in Art Worlds–and more information on those classes will be available shortly. His bio is below; please join us in welcoming him to the program.

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Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and instructor of contemporary Indigenous art. His research topics include the representation of Indigenous cultures within the museum; the visual production of an “aesthetics of nostalgia” within photographic practices; art historical methodologies and the production of colonial discourses; and, most recently, essentialism and Native art practices. He has also curated various national and international exhibitions and was the curator of exhibitions at Alaska House, New York in Soho.

Dr. Caro completed his doctorate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, and has taught at various institutions, including The Evergreen State College, Otis School of Art and Design, and Indiana University, where he held the post of Public Scholar for Civic Engagement. He has published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art, and is the founding editor of Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.

His work within the academy complements his endeavors to further global cultural exchange. He serves on the boards of various organizations focused on art residencies and is the current president of Res Artis, an international network of art residencies focused on promoting the worldwide mobility of artists. Dr. Caro is committed to combining his interdisciplinary scholarship with his community-oriented organizing and curating activities.

Introducing Steven Moga, Draper’s New Faculty Fellow in The City

Draper is delighted to introduce Professor Steven Moga, who will be joining us this fall as our new faculty fellow in The City. He will be speaking at Draper’s orientation tonight along with the rest of our faculty fellows. Professor Moga’s bio is below; please join us in welcoming him to the program!

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Dr. Moga recently completed his Ph.D. in urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation, entitled “Bottoms, Hollows, and Flats: Making and Remaking the Lower Section of the American City,” analyzed the historical phenomenon of low-lying urban districts as human settlements associated with poverty and marginality. He received two awards to support this research: a 2009 Trustees Merit Citation from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the 2010 Hal Rothman Research Fellowship from the American Society for Environmental History.

His research interests include city planning and urban environmental history, historic preservation, community development, and urban design politics. As a photographer, he brings a strong visual sense to his work: making photographs as fieldwork, using visual analysis as a research method, and critically assessing urban images. He views city planning history as powerful tool for the consideration of built form and the study of the urban landscape. He advocates for more equitable, better planned, and more meaningful places, seeking to use the power of physical design to affect social improvement in a manner that respects history and welcomes progressive social change.

Introducing Theodore Hamm, Teaching ‘Intro to the City, II’ This Spring

Draper is delighted to announce that Theodore Hamm will be teaching “Introduction to the City II” this spring. Theodore Hamm is the editor of The Brooklyn Rail and an associate professor of urban studies at Metropolitan College of New York. His writings about New York City politics and culture have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, and elsewhere. His books include The New Blue Media (2008) and Rebel and a Cause (2001).

A preliminary book list for Intro to the City II is available on Draper’s Spring 2010 Course Offerings page and a syllabus will be available soon. Seats are still available in the class, and interested students are encouraged to contact Draper directly to enroll.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hamm to Draper!

Introducing Amber Musser: Draper’s New Faculty Fellow in Gender Politics


This semester, Draper is delighted to welcome two new faculty fellow members to our program. Amber Musser joins us as the faculty fellow in Gender Politics and will be teaching two courses for us this year: ‘Introduction to Gender Politics I: Melancholy, Politics, and Identity’ and ‘Topics in Gender Politics: Objects of Affection.’ Please see below for her introduction.

Amber Musser joins the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program as an Assistant Professor/ Faculty Fellow in gender politics. Dr. Musser received an A.B. in Biology and History of Science from Harvard (2002), a M.St. in Women’s Studies from Oxford (2003), and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard (2009).

My work focuses on psychoanalysis, queer affect, and theories of subjectivity. My dissertation, “On the Subject of Masochism,” is a history of the various readings and re-readings that produced masochism’s discursive shift from psychiatry to critical and queer theory. Portions of my dissertation have been published: “Masochism, a Queer Subjectivity” in Rhizomes and “Reading, Writing ,and the Whip” forthcoming in Literature and Medicine. All of my work is a dialogue between history and philosophy of science, critical theory, queer and feminist theory, and critical history. In addition to bringing science and gender and sexuality studies together in conversation, I believe that treating these areas together reveals a new space in which to situate and destabilize our prevailing notions of subjectivity and agency. This perspective allows me to focus on understanding race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and class as critical dimensions of personal experience, which also extends to the realm of science. In keeping with this theme, I have published an article, “From Our Body to Yourselves,” which discusses the shift in concepts of Woman and community within the Women’s Health Movement in the 1970s. I have also been working on an article, “The Obscure Object of Desire,” that interrogates negotiations of intimacy and sexuality in relationships with inanimate objects. In addition to turning my dissertation into a book, I am currently researching queer attachments to objects and embodiments of multiple subjectivities.