Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Tala Khanmalek

Comparative Ethnic Studies, Feminist Science Studies, Critical Public Health, Law, Biopolitics, Biohumanities, Literature, Women of Color Feminisms


Bio & Research Interests

Tala Khanmalek is a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies Department with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was a Visiting Scholar at UC Santa Cruz's Science and Justice Research Center for the 2014-2015 academic year. Her dissertation, Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire, explores the gendered dimensions of biopolitical subjection through an interdisciplinary methodology that couples archival research with multi-genre literary works. In 2013, she founded the Politics of Biology and Race in the 21st Century Working Group, a first-time collaboration between scholars in the Ethnic Studies Department and the School of Public Health funded by the UC Center for New Racial Studies as well as the UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix. She also served as the Executive Editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal and published the latest issue on "Healing Justice." Additionally, Khanmalek has been involved with a number of local community-based projects at the intersection of health and social justice including but not limited to; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Body Politic Think Tank, the Healing Clinic Collective, the Cultural Conservancy's Guardians of the Water Program, the Niroga Institute's Integral Health Fellowship Program, and the Women’s Cancer Resource Center. 







Beth Piatote, Paola Bacchetta (Gender and Women's Studies), Dorothy Roberts (Law and Sociology, UPenn)
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