Karen Barad

DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentFeminist Studies Department
AffiliationsPhilosophy Department,
History of Consciousness Department
Web Site UCSC personal webpage webpage
Science & Justice webpage
European Graduate School webpage
OfficeHumanities 1 Rm 330
Office HoursSpring 2018: Mon 1:00-2:30pm at Hum 1 Rm 330 (or Rm 320 if available), & by appt
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Karen Barad

Research Interests

Feminist science studies, materialisms, deconstruction, poststructuralism, critical posthumanism, decolonial studies, multispecies studies, science & justice, physics, continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, ethics, politics, philosophy of physics, feminist, queer, & trans theories

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Theoretical Particle Physics, SUNY Stony Brook
Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad's Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barad is the Co-Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC. Barad received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University in 2016, and is on the faculty of the European Graduate School. 

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Selected Publications

Selected Exhibitions

An Artistic/ Computer Animation Work: “Quarkland,” 3D computer animations of the physics of elementary particles for a CD-interactive version of Stephen Hawking’s best seller, A Brief History of Time. 1994

Courses Taught

80K/30. Feminism and Science
100. Feminist Theories
133. Science and the Body
194D. Feminist Science Studies (senior seminar)
194W. Politics of Space, Time, and Matter
214. Topics in Feminist Science Studies (different theme each offering)
268A. Science & Justice: Experiments in Collaboration (for the Science & Justice Training Program)
268B. Science & Justice: Experiments in Methods (for the Science & Justice Training Program)
European Graduate School graduate course, summer 2017