Cristina Mejia Visperas

Professor of Communications, USC

Cristina Visperas (she/her) is assistant professor of communication at USC Annenberg, where she teaches courses on culture and power. Exploring the intersections of the life sciences and state violence, her book, "Skin Theory: Visual Culture and the Postwar Prison Laboratory," is an abolitionist study of postwar medical science research conducted in prisons and the emergence of modern American bioethics. Her next project examines the cultural politics of emotions in the Anthropocene, focusing on how communities of feeling are created in the face of climate change and mass extinction. Before earning her Ph.D in communication from the University of California, San Diego, professor Visperas had been a laboratory scientist, where the focus of her work ranged from neural stem cells to burn injuries.