Marissa Mika

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