Books and Articles

lissaLissa (Still Time): An Ethnographic Novel about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

Forthcoming | University of Toronto Press | ethnoGRAPHIC series

Co-Author Sherine Hamdy

Illustrators Sarula Bao & Caroline Brewer




dram.2012.56.issue-4.largecover1-250x250Cancer Previval and the Theatrical Fact

The Drama Review: Winter 2012, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 104-120

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Healthy women who are at hereditary risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer are surgically enacting the disease in material registers on their flesh in order to survive cancer in advance. In this practice of “previval,” the disease becomes itself, or gains biomedical substance, through its own theatrical gesture.



Untimely Economies of Survival

Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 2013

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This article takes the recent turn against hope in breast cancer activism as a point of entry into a broader examination of speculative economies of science that creatively imagine, materialize, and manage futures in the present. It argues that untimeliness – anticipatory, simultaneous, porous, and prognostic in its articulation – captures these alternate arrangements of life and action as they are mobilized in cancer research that hails healthy women as experimental subjects to participate in clinical studies.


Online Publications

Creative Collaborations: The Making of “Lissa (Still Time): a graphic medical ethnography of friendship, loss, and revolution.” 

Somatosphere, May 2016

Teaching Comics in a Medical Anthropology and Humanities Class

Teaching Culture, March 2015