Assistant Professor of Communication


Communication (BA)
Communication (PhD)


ASC 326E

More Cristina


American Studies
Cultural Studies
Race and Ethnicity
Science and Arts
Science and Society

Professor Visperas examines the intersections of race, state violence, and the life sciences, and whose work is deeply engaged in Visual Culture Studies, Science and Technology Studies, African American Studies, and Disability Studies. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the visual culture of postwar medical science research conducted in prisons.

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 had been a laboratory researcher in both academic and industry settings, where the focus of her work had ranged from stems cells and parasitic plants to burn injuries and the biochemistry of membranes.


"The Able-Bodied Slave" (2019) in Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 13(1).

"Nothing/More: Black Studies and Feminist Technoscience" (2016), special issue in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, vol. 2(2). Co-edited with Kimberly Juanita Brown and Jared Sexton.

"African Kaposi's Sarcoma in the Light of Global AIDS: Antiblackness and Viral Visibility" (2014) in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, vol. 11(4). Co-authored with Pawan Singh and Lisa Cartwright.

"Chicken Embryonic Brain: An In-Vivo Model for Verifying Neural Stem Cell Potency" (2013) in Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 119. Co-authored with Alex Kharazi, Michael Levy, and Chih-Min Lin.

Course Titles

COMM 206, Communication and Culture

GESM 131, Seminar in Social Analysis: Science Communication in a "Post-Truth" Era