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Cyd Cipolla

Associate Director of Science, Technology, Arts and Creativity (STAC) & Associate Faculty
(212) 992-9830
1 Wash Pl, Room 745

Office Hours
Monday 2-4
Tuesday Remote by Appointment
Wednesday Remote by Appointment
Thursday Remote by Appointment
Friday Remote by Appointment

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 focuses on intersectional feminist theory and science and technology studies. 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 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. She is currently 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

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