Professor of Gender, Culture and Media Studies
Chair, Graduate Faculty of Social Sciences
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Deborah Lynn Steinberg is Professor of Gender, Culture and Media Studies in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, and Chair of the Graduate Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also a member of the University Board of Graduate Studies, the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the management group of the Doctoral Training Centre. Her research interests span four key areas: cultures of science; media and cultural studies; gender and sexuality; and mourning and politics. She has published widely on cultures of the gene; biopower and the body; popular media; and neoliberal (bio)ethics and politics. Her new book, Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture is published by Ashgate. She has recently convened the 2 year ESRC seminar series (2012-14) on The Emergence of 'Trans' (Retheorising Gender and Sexuality) with Dr L. Moon and R. Pearce. Longer range projects include a book in progress with Prof. D. Epstein on Extremities: Cruelty, Realism and Redemption in Visual Culture and a solo project examining spectacle, imperative and subjectivity in the cancer culture entitled The Bad Patient. Deborah is on the editorial advisory board of the open source online journal MediaTropes.
Cultures of science
Gene cultures, science in representation, science fiction, cancer culture, biopolitics and embodiment, bioethics, bioconvergence, eugenics, feminist science studies, science and the racial/class imaginary
Media and Cultural Studies
Film and television studies, music studies, popular press, digital cultures and social media, media methodology, contemporary cultural theory, subcultures, narrative studies, cultural psychoanalysis
Gender and Sexuality
Feminist theory, (hetero)sexualities, queer studies, masculinities, ‘trans’ politics, health, medicine and technology; abortion, reproductive technologies and reproductive rights
Mourning and Politics
Public mourning, Blairism, political paranoia, neoliberal politics
Recent Publications and Funded Research
- 'The Bad Patient: Estranged Subjects of the Cancer Culture' Body and Society Special Issue 'Estranged Bodies' (Margrit Shildrick and Deborah Lynn Steinberg Guest eds) 2015
- MediaTropes Special Issue 2 'Bioconvergence'. Deborah Lynn Steinberg and Stuart Murray (guest eds) 2015
- Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture. Ashgate. 2015
Deborah is on Study Leave from January 2016 - July 2016 and so her taught modules are on hiatus during this period. She will be continuing to supervise a number of PhD students during this period
You are welcome to contact me to discuss PhD ideas at D dot L dot Steinberg at warwick dot ac dot uk.
Deborah has supervised a number of post-doctoral fellows in the Department and will be very happy to discuss your project ideas and support the development of your applications. To see a list of previous and current fellows, see Deborah's extended profile.