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Deborah Lynn Steinberg



Professor of Gender, Culture and Media Studies
Chair, Graduate Faculty of Social Sciences



Room: D0.10

Telephone: +44 (0)2476 523150

Fax: 02476 523497




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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.

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Research Interests

  • 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


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

PhD Supervision

You are welcome to contact me to discuss PhD ideas at D dot L dot Steinberg at warwick dot ac dot uk.

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

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.