Transdisciplinary Fellows

Meet our 2020-2021 Transdisciplinary Fellows!

Assistant Professor, Communication 

Paul Elliott Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Pitt. His work focuses on conservative populism in the United States, with a particular attention to the relationship between race, masculinity, and the transforming character of American sovereignty and capitalism. His book, I, The People: The Rhetoric of Conservative Populism in the United States will appear in 2021 with the University of Alabama Press. Tentatively titled Gekkos, Psychos, and Wolves: The Cinema of Finance Capitalism, his next project will examine how moving images figure understandings of crisis in the terms of right-wing identity politics

Lecturer, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Dr. Bridget E. Keown is a lecturer in the Gender, Science, and Women's Studies program, and is leading the Gender and Science initiative at Pitt. She received her PhD in History from Northeastern University, her MA in Imperial History from King's College London, and her BA in History and Russian Language and Literature from Smith College. Her research focuses on British and Irish women's experiences of war trauma during the First World War, and how the gendered nature of trauma diagnoses influence cultural, medical, and military histories. She has published on this topic, as well as on the depiction of gender and trauma in horror novels and film, and the women's rights movement in modern Irish history. She is a contributing writer to Nursing Clio, an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine. Her current projects focus on trauma and kinship during the outbreak of HIV/AIDS, and the development of trauma-informed pedagogy in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Assistant Professor, English 

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Louis M. Maraj is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the forthcoming book Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics (Utah State UP 2020). His research focuses on rhetorical theory, Black studies, digital media, and antiracist pedagogies. Maraj is co-founder of Digital Black Lit and Composition (DBLAC), a mentorship network for Black graduate students in fields related to language. 

Professor, Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health

Lisa S. Parker, a philosopher, is the Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics & Health Law. She directs the Master of Arts Program in Bioethics, and serves on the Steering Committee of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her research on ethical issues in genetics and personalized medicine has prompted her to think about governance of data collection and use, implications of data use (particularly predictive uses), and the value of privacy. Most recently she is interested in data collection and use in higher education and the effects on university.