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Stefanie Fishel is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies specializing in political theory and global politics. She earned her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with specializations in International Relations and Political Theory. In 2005, she received her MA from the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada. Her research focuses on human and nonhuman bodies and their metaphorical and material relationship to their political and cultural communities and the biosphere.

Her book, The Microbial State: Global Thriving and the Body Politic (2017), is available through the University of Minnesota Press. The book focuses on human bodies and their metaphorical and material relationship to the discipline and practice of global politics. It incorporates philosophical discussions of biopolitics and community into medical and scientific analysis to develop an embodied and material ethics of transnational, trans-species, and trans-biome collectivities and responsibility.

Her research interests include the gendered and racialized experiences of environmental harm; new materialism and posthumanism; critical animal studies; science and technology studies; and global environmental theory centering on climate change and the Anthropocene.

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