Issue 11.3 | Summer 2013 / Guest edited by Rachel C. Lee

About the Contributors

Laura Briggs is Chair and Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption (Duke University Press, 2012), Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2002), and coeditor of International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children (NYU Press, 2009). Her areas of research include studies of US empire, US women’s history, politics of reproduction, gender and science, and US and Latin America.

Rosemary Candelario is Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University. Her research on the globalization of the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form butoh raises questions about dance in diaspora, cultural appropriation and innovation, intercultural work, and the meaning of locality. Other research interests include Asian American dance, site-specific performance, arts activism, space and place, and representations of sex and reproduction in performance and pop culture. Rosemary’s publications include an article in the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and forthcoming pieces in Asian Theatre Journal and a number of edited collections. She is currently working on a monograph on the Japanese/American dancers Eiko & Koma. She was co-chair of Dance Under Construction (2009) and a key organizer of the first US-based international symposium on butoh, “Between Experiment, Form and Culturalism: Butoh in History and Contemporary Practice” (2011). Her choreography has been produced in New England and Los Angeles, and as a dancer she has performed across the United States, and in Canada and Germany. Rosemary holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Melinda Cooper is an ARC Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (Washington University Press, 2008) and coauthor, with Catherine Waldby, of Clinical Labor: Human Research Subjects and Tissue Donors in the Global Bioeconomy (Duke University Press, 2014). She is currently working on two single-authored book projects—Experimental Humanitarianism, and The Fundamentals of Desire—Post-Fordist Family Values. She is coeditor of The Journal of Cultural Economy.

Stephanie Hsu is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Pace University and a founding member of Q-WAVE, a grassroots organization for queer women and trans/gender variant people of Asian descent in the tri-state area. She received her doctorate in English at New York University in 2009 and has also taught at UC-Santa Barbara and CUNY-Hunter College. She teaches and has written articles on topics in the fields of Asian American Studies, Trans Studies, and Disability Studies. She is working on a book manuscript entitled Transgender Transnationalism: Immigrant Genders and Sexualities in 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature.

Hannah Landecker is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA. She is the author of Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies (Harvard University Press, 2007), and numerous works on the moving image in the biological sciences. Her research interests are the social and historical study of biotechnology and life science, from 1900 to the present. She was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rice University through 2008. Recently, her research interests have centered on the historical and social study of metabolism. Her current study, American Metabolism, looks at transformations to the metabolic sciences wrought by the rise of epigenetics, microbiomics, cell signaling and hormone biology. A related project concerns the history of metabolic hormones after 1960 and the rise of the cellular “signal” as a central category of thought and practice in the life sciences. She was a collaborator on UCLA’s Life Un(Ltd) project and a co-organizer in its intellectual vision.

Rachel C. Lee is Associate Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at UCLA. She teaches courses in critical theory, ethnic literature, and medical humanities. She is the author of “Haptics, Mobile Handhelds, and other ‘Novel’ Devices: The Tactile Unconscious of Reading across Old and New Media,” “Notes from the (non)Field: Theorizing and Teaching ‘Women of Color,’” The Americas of Asian American Literature: Gendered Fictions of Nation and Transnation; and the co-editor of Asian America.Net Ethnicity, Nationalism, Cyberspace.

Kathleen McHugh is a Professor in the Department of English and in the Cinema and Media Studies program of the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. Her most recent book is Jane Campion (University of Illinois Press, 2007), which examines the subversive style of the woman who has become one of the world’s greatest film directors. She is the author of American Domesticity: From How-To Manual to Hollywood Melodrama (Oxford University Press, 1999), the co-editor of South Korean Golden Age Melodrama: Gender, Genre, and National Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2005), and the co-editor of a special issue of Signs on “Film Feminisms.” She has published articles on domesticity, feminism, melodrama, the avant-garde, and autobiography in Cultural Studies, Jump Cut, Screen, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Velvet Light Trap. Before coming to UCLA in 2002, McHugh was Chair and co-founder of the Film and Visual Culture Program at UC Riverside.

Michelle Murphy is Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto and co-organizer of the Technoscience Salon. A feminist science studies scholar and historian of the recent past, her work focuses on environmental politics, race and sex, reproduction, biopolitics, and economic rationalities through transnational and postcolonial analytics. She is the author of Sick Building Syndrome and the Politics of Uncertainty (Duke UP 2006) and Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Health, Feminism and Technoscience (Duke UP 2012). Her current book project, The Economization of Life, tracks the entanglements between the governing of economy and reproduction in Cold War and postcolonial itineraries. In this project and other work, she is interested in theorizing an extensive sense of distributed reproduction. For more on her work, visit

Diane Nelson is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She has worked in Guatemala since 1985. Her research addresses war and genocide, indigenous identity (including Maya-Hackers, Omnilife saleswomen, Ponzi-scheme victims and anti-mining activists), and political movements, as well as horror films and science fiction. Her theoretical interests lie in subject formation, political economy, gender and sexuality, popular culture, and science and technology. Her books include War by Other Means: Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala (co-edited with Carlota McAllister), Reckoning: The Ends of War in Guatemala, and A Finger in the Wound: Body Politics in Quincentennial Guatemala. She is currently working on Who Counts? Quantity’s Qualifications and Mayan Organizing 2.0 addressing forensic science and struggles to both count the dead and account for state violence through reparations as well as other forms of financializing the past, present, future, and life itself.

Lisa A. Onaga is an Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, and she holds a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. Her research examines why and how the study of heredity and genetics in modern Japan grew alongside the raw silk trade of the early twentieth century. She is currently writing a book, Anatomy of a Hybrid, which analyzes the rationalization of silkworm husbandry in order to explore entanglements of industrial standards, biological race, and national identity. She is broadly interested in the history of life sciences research connected to the cultivation of “lucrative” organisms with agricultural, cultural, and/or industrial relevance, biological research as vehicles for international cooperation, and the experiences of Asian American scientists in the biosciences.

Catherine Sameh is Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and managing editor of The Scholar & Feminist Online. She is also in charge of BCRW’s Transnational Feminisms Project, which builds networks of movements for social justice across the globe so as to promote shared knowledge and resources with colleagues internationally. Catherine’s work at the Center draws on her expertise on transnational feminism developed in her dissertation, “Signatures, Networks, Rights: Iranian Feminism in the Transnational Sphere.” Her dissertation explored the role of transnational networks and cyber and print technologies in coalescing new political cultures, and considered how Iranian feminists reframe the putative opposition between religious (Islam) and secular (rights) discourses.

Lindsay Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico. After getting her PhD in medical anthropology at Harvard University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics and a Fellow in Science and Human Culture at Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of transitional justice, trauma, and scientific meaning-making. Her book manuscript, Subversive Genes: Making human rights and DNA in Argentina, examines the impact of the invention of forensic genetics on the constitution of family, justice, and democracy in post-dictatorship Argentina. As an engaged anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker, Lindsay has made films and published in collaboration with human rights groups, including the documentary Aparición con Vida, detailing the use of DNA in the search for children kidnapped during the Argentine Dirty War. She is currently conducting an ethnographic study of the Latin American Initiative to Identify the Disappeared (LIID), a multinational scientific collaboration to use large-scale DNA databanking to identify those killed and disappeared during dictatorship and armed conflict in Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru.

Susan Merrill Squier is Julia Gregg Brill Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author or editor of eight books, including Babies in Bottles: Twentieth Century Visions of Reproductive Technology (1994), Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction (1999), and Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine (2004). Her most recent book, Poultry Science, Chicken Culture (2011), recipient of the Michelle Kendrick Prize of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts, details the roles played by chickens and eggs in the development of embryology, biology, and regenerative medicine; demonstrates the types of knowledge that have been lost as food production moved from small-scale farming to industrial agriculture; analyzes the fears and risks behind the panic around avian flu; and investigates the connection between women and chickens. She is a co-organizer of the annual international conference series, Graphic Medicine (held in London 2010, Chicago 2011, and Toronto 2012). With Dr. Ian Williams (UK) she co-edits the Penn State University Press book series, Graphic Medicine, which publishes scholarly studies of comics, as well as comics themselves, that enact and explore the experiences of health care, medicine, illness, and disability.

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker whose work addresses Asian American communities and immigrant/diaspora themes. Her film credits include Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1988), My America… or Honk if You Love Buddha (1997), Skate Manzanar (2001), Labor Women (2002), Mexico Story of The New Americans (2004), and Calavera Highway (2008). She recently launched two web interactive projects, Heart Mountain 3.0 and Mas Bebes? Interactive. Her films have been screened at the Cannes, London, Sundance, South by Southwest, and Toronto film festivals, and broadcast around the world. Her previous honors include the Broad Fellowship from United States Artists, the Alpert Award in the Arts, a Peabody Award, a Dupont-Columbia Award, the International Documentary Association Achievement Award, and fellowships in media arts from the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Foundation on the Arts. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. At UC Santa Cruz, Renee Tajima-Peña was a professor of Film & Digital Media, affiliated faculty in Digital Arts and New Media and Feminist Studies, and co-graduate director of Social Documentation, a program that she helped to launch in 2005.

Anna E. Ward is a lecturer in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura and Social Psychology Quarterly, and she is currently working on a project on contemporary queer pornographies. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012) and Visiting Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator (2012-13) of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College.