Marissa Mika

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Office for the History of Science and Technology, Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Office for the History of Science and Technology
Affiliation period: December 2012 - December 2013

mmika@sas.upenn.edu

Dissertation Title: “Surviving Experiments: Cancer Research in Uganda 1950s to the Present”

Degrees Ph.D., History and Sociology of Science :: University of Pennsylvania (in progress)
MHS :: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (2007)
BA, Development Studies, Honors :: University of California, Berkeley (2003)
Research Areas

My dissertation, tentatively titled “Surviving Experiments: Cancer Research in Uganda 1950s to the Present” is a historical ethnography of how research initiatives on cancer created a fragile but longstanding culture of experimental oncology at the Uganda Cancer Institute. I trace how this small combination chemotherapy research enclave sponsored by the American National Cancer Institute in the 1960s is being refashioned into a space of public oncology in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. My work theorizes how experiments create and shape cultures of care that take on a political and social life of their own, well after the experiments themselves have ended.

last updated: January 25th, 2013