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Cyd Cipolla

Class Adviser & Associate Faculty
(212) 992-7758
1 Wash Pl, Room 514

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Office Hours
Tuesday 2-4:30
Thursday 12-2:30

Cyd Cipolla is a scholar in sexuality studies whose research and teaching interests include medical and legal history, feminist and queer theory, and the intersection of law and culture. She was one of the inaugural Neuroethics Fellows at the Emory Center for Ethics in 2011-2012, and received a Mellon/ACLS Fellowship to complete her dissertation, " 'After These Horrendous Crimes, That Creature Forfeits His Rights!' : The Sexually Violent Offender as Exceptional Criminal" in 2012-2013. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities and the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Cyd previously served as the financial aid coordinator and special projects officer at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawai'i. For 2013-2015, she will also be a Visiting Fellow at the Dewitt Wallace Institute of the History of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Teaching and Research Interests

feminist theory; gender and sexuality studies; disability studies; medical humanities and studies in science; crime, law, and society; neuroethics; new materialism; feminist theology

Cyd Cipolla


B.A. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University, 2004
Ph.D. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University, 2013

Recent News


Professor Cyd Cipolla was named the 2015-2016 Gallatin Adviser of Distinction. The award is given to a faculty adviser in recognition of excellence in advising and mentoring, the cornerstone of the Gallatin program.  

Cipolla was awarded a Gallatin Teaching with Technology Grant in 2016-2017, for a project titled Tinkering in Technoscience: A Feminist Maker Lab.


Cipolla presented the paper “Build it Better: Towards a Feminist Maker Pedagogy” at the National Association for Women's Studies annual conference in Montreal, Canada, in November 2016.

Cipolla co-authored, with Kristina Gupta, the chapter "Neurogendering and Neuroethics" in the Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics, Syd Johnson and Karen Rommelfanger (eds), due in 2018.

The book Cipolla co-edited with Kristina Gupta, David A. Rubin and Angela Willey, Queer Feminist Science Studies: A Reader, will be published by the University of Washington Press in 2017.


Cipolla gave a talk entitled “The ‘Godzilla Defense’: Mental Illness, Mental Abnormality, and the Washington Community Protection Act of 1990” to the Richardson Seminar at the Dewitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry in April of 2015. She also presented on a panel on Critical Science Literacy at the National Women's Studies Association's annual meeting in November 2015, and presented a paper called “Precarity, Evidence, and the Demand for Protection" at the Gender, Bodies, Technologies conference at Virginia Tech in April 2016.

Cipolla participated in a roundtable on Queer Feminist Science Studies at the National Women's Studies Association's annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico and served as moderator for I am Lucrece: Rethinking Sexual Violence, a discussion sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab during Gallatin's Fall 2014 Roman Tragedies Festival.


2017 Spring

Tinkering in Feminist Technoscience

2016 Spring

Sex Crimes, Sex Panics

2016 Fall

Course reduction-Other

2015 Spring

Sex Crimes, Sex Panics

2014 Spring

Sex Crimes, Sex Panics