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Kavita Philip

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1996, Science and Technology Studies
M.S., University of Iowa, 1989, Physics

University of California
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697



science technology history theory


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Kavita Philip is an Associate Professor in the UCI Department of History. Her research interests are in technology in the developing world; transnational histories of science and technology; gender, race, globalization and postcolonialism; environmental history; and new media theory. Her essays have appeared in the journals Cultural Studies, Postmodern Culture, NMediaC, Radical History Review, and Environment and History. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2003 and 2004), and co-editor of the volumes Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (with Monshipouri, Englehart, and Nathan, 2003), Multiple Contentions (with Skotnes, 2003), Homeland Securities (with Reilly and Serlin, 2005), and Tactical Biopolitics (with da Costa, 2008). Her work in progress includes a monograph entitled Proper Knowledge,on technology and property.


Books and Edited Volumes

"Civilizing Natures: Race, Resources and Modernity in Colonial South India", Rutgers University Press (U. S. edition) 2003; Orient Longman (Asia/UK edition) 2004

"Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience". B. da Costa and K. Philip, editors, Boston: MIT Press, 2008

"Homeland Securities", K. Philip, D. Serlin, E. Reilly, editors, Radical History Review, Issue 93 (Durham: Duke University Press), Fall 2005 [Awarded “Best Special Issue” prize for 2005 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals].

"Multiple Contentions", K. Philip and Andor Skotnes, eds., Radical History Review (Durham: Duke University Press), Issue 88, Winter 2004.

"Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization", co-edited by Mahmood Monshipouri, Neil Englehart, Andrew Nathan, Kavita Philip, M. E. Sharpe, 2003


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