UC Irvine Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship

Current Fellows

Dr. Sandra Harvey

University of California, Santa Cruz
Doctor of Philosophy - Politics, with emphasis in Feminist Studies, 2017

Dr. Sandra Harvey researches the production of race and gender through surveillance technologies originating in colonialism and chattel slavery. Her book manuscript, "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 and entangled in the above institutions which manage the state’s biopolitical concerns. 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 received her Ph.D. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her research has been supported by the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California and the UCSC Center for Science and Justice.

Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
19th Centry race/gender surveillance regimes; theories of sovereignty and abolition; visual studies

Dr. Sora Han and Dr. Jared Sexton

Department, School:
Department of Criminology, Law, & Society, School of Social Ecology (Han) and Department of African American Studies, School of Humanities (Sexton)

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Dr. Anna Nierenberg

University of California, Santa Barbara
Doctor of Philosophy-Physics, 2014

Dr. Anna Nierenberg's research is focused on using gravitational lensing and statistical studies of luminous galaxies to test models of dark matter and galaxy formation. Dr. Nierenberg received her B.S. in physics from UCLA in 2008, and completed her Ph.D. in physics at UCSB in 2014. After finishing her thesis, Dr. Nierenberg received a fellowship to conduct independent postdoctoral research at the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics, at The Ohio State University. Dr. Nierenberg participates in outreach particularly aimed at middle school and high school aged children, and has appeared in 22 episodes of the YouTube space news show Space in Your Face.

Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
The nature of dark matter and galaxy formation on small scales

Dr. James Bullock and Dr. Michael Cooper

Department, School:
Department of Physics and Astronomy; School of Physical Sciences

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• Visit Dr. Nierenberg's website: annanierenberg.com


The UC Irvine Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship is a partnership of several campus units including the Offices of the Provost, Dean of the Graduate Division, and Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.