Residency Dates
  • June 2023 – June 2023
Abundant Intelligences

Karen Barad is Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California Santa Cruz. Barad is known for their poetic writing that delights in word play and works to undo the grammar, syntax, and logics of conventional prose style academic writing. They held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad’s PhD is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007), as well as numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, materialisms, and feminist theory. Barad’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barad is a founding member of the Science & Justice Research Center and served as the Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC. They are affiliated faculty in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Barad is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University, a Fulbright fellowship, and the Kresge College Teaching Award, among other honors. They are also faculty at the European Graduate School.