Kameron Sanzo


MA English, UC Riverside 2017
BA English Literature, University of Pittsburgh 2015
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh 2011

Research Areas

Science Studies and Cultures of Science, History of Science, Literature and Science, Posthumanism, Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Science Fiction

Research Interests

My research centers on cultures of science and intersections of science and literature primarily in nineteenth-century Britain. My approach to Victorian energy physics combines my interests in history of science and science studies to think about the imponderable “fluids,” the ether, and the emergence of field theory as influential to Victorian literature and also as contributing their own kind of speculative literature. While the imponderables signify the early study of heat, light, electricity, and magnetism, they were not clearly defined until twentieth-century physics. My work interrogates the unseen, weightless, and polysemous (yet rapidly changing) imponderable science that became Victorian energy physics and field theory. Although ethereal, the imponderables were materially grounded in both immanent yet inaccessible matter and the technologies in which their theories crystallized. My research explores the scientific, affective, and material connections between theories felt but not seen, and the authority of matter and energy theories sensed or witnessed but not directly observed.

Service, Affiliations, and Editorial Experience
  • Editor, Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction (2017- present)
  • Graduate Student Representative and Student Listserv Manager of Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science Program UCR (2017- present)
  • UCR Graduate Students in English Association representative (2015-2016)
  • (dis)junctions Conference moderator (2015)
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS)
  • Member, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
  • Member, British Society for Literature and Society
  • Member, Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA)
  • Emelyne Godfrey, Ed., Utopias and Dystopias in the Fictions of H.G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space, Palgrave 2016, The British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS)
  • Awarded Second Prize in Graduate Student Essay Contest (2016-2017): Beautiful Mosses: Queer Biology and Representational Trauma in Tiptree’s ‘Your Haploid Heart’
Conference Presentations
  • “Beautiful Mosses: Queer Biology and Representational Trauma in Tiptree’s ‘Your Haploid Heart,’” Science Fiction Research Association, Riverside, California, June 2017
  • “Feeling Machines: Exploring Human-Nonhuman Relationships as a Function of Cybernetics and Bioart,” Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2016