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  Karen Barad

Karen Barad

Distinguished Professor


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Humanities Division

Feminist Studies Department

Distinguished Professor


Philosophy Department
History of Consciousness Department
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Regular Faculty

Humanities Building 1
Rm 330

Humanities 1 Rm 330

Humanities Academic Services

Ph.D., Physics, SUNY Stony Brook
Karen Barad is Distinguished 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. 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 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 a founding member of the Science & Justice Research Center and served as the Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC. They are affiliated faculty in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. 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. 

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

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

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

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