Science on Dissertation Reviews


Starting from mid-September, the Bioethics, Medical Anthropology and Science Studies series will appear on Dissertation Reviews every Wednesday. If you are a scholar in these fields and wish to participate in Dissertation Reviews, please click here to become a reviewer or to have your dissertation reviewed. If you are interested in contributing a “Fresh from the Archives” or “Talking Shop” article, or helping out in some other way, please contact the Bioethics series editor Tamara Kayali on, or the Science Studies and Medical Anthropology series editor Leon Rocha on

Coming soon

Laura Bisaillon, “Cordon Sanitaire or Healthy Policy? How Prospective Immigrants with HIV are Organized by Canada’s Mandatory HIV Screening Policy” (University of Ottawa 2012), reviewed by Janina Kehr (University of Zurich)

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau, “Scripting the Mind: Automatic Writing in France, 1857-1930” (University of Cambridge 2012), reviewed by Andrea Graus (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Dora Vargha, “Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs: Governing Polio in Cold War Hungary, 1952-1963” (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2013), reviewed by Bradley Matthews Moore (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Claire Snell-Rood, “‘I Have My Own Two Hands’: Re-Interpreting the Risks of Slum Life in Delhi and Cultivating the Self through Neighborhood, Citizenship, Kinship, and Health” (University of Virginia 2011), reviewed by Ajay Gandhi (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Allison Bigelow, “Mining Empire, Planting Empire: The Colonial Scientific Literatures of the Americas” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2012), reviewed by Cameron Strang (Smithsonian Institution)

Frazier Benya, “Biomedical Advances Confront Society: Congressional Hearings and the Development of Bioethics, 1960-1975” (University of Minnesota 2012), reviewed by Ben Hurlbut (Arizona State University)

Ryan Tonkens, “The Virtues and Vices of Rigging the Natural Lottery: A Character-based Evaluation of Prenatal Genetic Alteration” (York University, Toronto 2012), reviewed by Tamara Kayali (Dalhousie University)

Daniel Wilson, “Machine Past, Machine Future: Technology in British Thought, c.1870-1914” (Birkbeck, University of London 2010), reviewed by Chris Renwick (York University)

Abbi Hobbs, “Vaccines Against Vice: A Constructive Technology Assessment of Immunotherapies for Addiction” (University of York 2011), reviewed by Adrian Carter (University of Queensland)

Plus 40 others… (and counting!)

Meet the editors

rocha 2Leon Rocha (Science Studies, Medical Anthropology) is Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and Affiliated Researcher at the Needham Research Institute. He is also the Managing Editor of Dissertation Reviews. He is currently working on two book-length projects, Harnessing Pleasures: Imagining Chinese Sex in the Twentieth Century and Needham Questions. His publications include Foucault, the Family and Politics (co-edited with Robbie Duschinsky, Palgrave Macmillan 2012). [Website here]



Tamara Kayali - AcademiaTamara Kayali (Bioethics) is Lecturer at the Australian National University, where she is the convener of “Biology, Society and Ethics”, and co-convener of the Master of Biology and Master of Biotechnology. She was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Novel Tech Ethics team at Dalhousie University, and completed her PhD at Cambridge University. Kayali is primarily interested in neuroethics and the ethics of reproduction, and her most recent publication is the paper “Depression as Unhomelike Being-in-the-World? Phenomenology’s Challenge to our Understanding of Illness,” co-authored with Furhan Iqbal, in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy (2012). [Website here]



Image: African Hall, American Museum of Natural History. Photograph by InSapphoWeTrust. Wikimedia Commons.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like