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Cyd Cipolla

Associate Director of Science, Technology, Arts and Creativity (STAC) & Associate Faculty
(212) 992-7758
1 Wash Pl, Room 745

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

Cyd Cipolla is a scholar in women's, gender, and sexuality studies whose research and teaching interests focus on intersectional feminist theory and science and technology studies. She joined Gallatin in 2013 after receiving her PhD from Emory University. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, the Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics and Women’s Studies, an Interdisciplinary Journal. Cipolla is interested in experimental pedagogy, journeys in queer science, and fostering ever-more-curious interactions between human and non-human machines. Since 2019, she has been the Associate Director of Science, Technology, Arts and Creativity (STAC) at Gallatin.

Teaching and Research Interests

Intersectional feminist theory; queer theory; gender and sexuality studies; disability studies; new materialism; science and technology studies; critical code studies 

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.  

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


Professor 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.

Professor 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 Professor 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.


Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Cyd Cipolla