Assistant Professor


ASC 326E

More Cristina


American Studies
Race and Ethnicity
Science and Arts
Science and Society

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.


Recent Awards

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