Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad’s Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Traversing theoretical physics and feminist theory, her research interests are broad-ranging and include “[f]eminist science studies, materialisms, deconstruction, poststructuralism, critical posthumanism, decolonial studies, multispecies studies, science & justice, physics, continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, ethics, politics, philosophy of physics, feminist, queer, & trans theories”She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles, including  “A Quantum Epistemology And Its Impact On Our Understanding of Scientific Process,” “Quark-Antiquark Charge Distributions and Confinement” and “Minimal Lattice Theory of Fermions”.

During her stay at UBC, Dr. Barad will be giving her talk: “After the End of the World: Entangled Nuclear Colonialisms, Matters of Force, and the Material Force of Justice”.