Professor Visperas studies the intersections of race and the life sciences. She is currently writing a book manuscript examining the wide-spread use of prisoners for human experimentation research in the decades following WWII. Her publications can be reached here.
Other works-in-progress focus on the green politics of the MOVE Organization, a black liberation collective bombed by the Philadelphia police force in 1985, and W.E.B Du Bois’s hand-drawn infographics of black struggle and achievement during the Reconstruction Era.
Prof. Visperas holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Science Studies, from the University of California, San Diego, where she previously taught courses on communication, race, and science and technology, and during which time she was also managing editor of the open-access journal, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (2014-2016). Prior to becoming a communication scholar, Prof. Visperas was a laboratory researcher in both academic and industry settings, where the focus of her work ranged from stems cells and parasitic plants to burn injuries and the biochemistry of membranes.
2017 USC Provost Assistant Professor Fellowship
2017 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Finalist
2017 Ford Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2017 Dartmouth Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship, Declined
2016 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship