Myrna Perez Sheldon_editI am a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice University. I received my PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University, under the advisement of Janet Browne. My work examines how evolutionary logics have been used to articulate race, gender and sexuality in the United States from 1800 to the present. Critical to my analysis is the complex history of religion and evolutionary theory, and how their mutual influence and exchange has alternatively supported or countered a belief in natural social hierarchies. Drawing upon feminist studies, critical race studies, religious studies and the history of science, my research focuses on the continual interplay between evolutionary science and broader discourses of progress, power and difference in American culture.

I have been a research fellow in the Science, Religion and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA and for three years at the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University. I am also the editor-in-chief of Cosmologics, an online magazine from the Harvard Divinity School that connects engaged research on science and religion with public debates on such themes as gender, race, mental health, sexuality, ability, citizenship, violence and popular culture.

I grew up in San Diego, CA and received my B.S. in the Departments of Biology and History at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.


email: myrna.p.sheldon@rice.edu

(Header: my photo of the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée in the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle)