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Karen Barad
  • Pronouns they, them, their, theirs, themself
  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Affiliations Philosophy Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, Rm 330
    • Humanities 1 Rm 330
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Courses 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; 202. Disciplining Knowledges; 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 courses, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, summer 2017, 2019

Research Interests

Feminist science studies, deconstruction, poststructuralism, critical posthumanism, multispecies studies, science & justice, physics, materialisms, nuclear colonialism, continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, ethics, politics, philosophy of physics

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Physics, SUNY Stony Brook
Karen Barad is Distinguished Professor of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz, with affiliations in Philosophy and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. Barad's Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. They 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, materialisms and nuclear colonialisms. 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 a founding member of the Science & Justice Research Center and served as the Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC. Barad is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University, a Fulbright fellowship, and the Kresge College Teaching Award, among other honors. They are also faculty at the European Graduate School. 

See also: http://people.ucsc.edu.oca.ucsc.edu/~kbarad/  and   http://egs.edu/faculty/karen-barad

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. 

K. Barad & Blanca Rego (artist). 2020. “Touching Upon Touching (at the limit),” for the Barcelona Biennale of Thought, for Oct. 2020.