Sandra Harvey

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Assistant Professor, African American Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2017, Politics
M.A., Universidad de Chile, 2005, Sociology
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2000, Sociology
University of California, Irvine
3116 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 6850
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Black diaspora and Native Studies, Post-colonial theory, Black feminist thought, Surveillance Studies, Visual and Cultural Studies, Enlightenment Philosophy, Political Theory
2017-18 UC Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Criminology, Law, & Society and African American Studies
Research Abstract
Dr. Harvey researches the production of race and gender through surveillance technologies originating in colonialism and chattel slavery. Her book project, "Passing for Free, Passing for Sovereign: Blackness and the Formation of the Nation," traces narratives of race/gender passing within science, settler colonial law, conceptual art, and Enlightenment philosophy. It contextualizes accusations of race/gender passing in the U.S. as rooted in 19th-century surveillance of fugitive slaves. In this way, she asks after the assumptions about blackness that emerge in the passing regime and how these might influence contemporary notions of freedom, sovereignty, the nation, and the citizen.

Dr. Harvey's additional research engages feminist representations of blackness in Caribbean (Cuban and Puerto Rican) modern and conceptual art.
Harvey, Sandra. 2016. "The HeLa Bomb and the Science of Unveiling." Special Issue: Nothing/more: Black Studies and Feminist Technoscience. In Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 2.2. Kimberly Juanita Brown & Jared Sexton, Eds. pp. 1-30
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