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 studies British literature in the long nineteenth-century during the emergence of what is now considered classical energy physics. I approach literary studies by combining my academic background in engineering with my research interests in the history of science to reframe naturalized cultural narratives of western modernity. My work is deeply interdisciplinary, but also highly focused: I study heat, light, electricity, and magnetism as they were codified in thermodynamics, electromagnetic field theory, and radiography. By revisiting the history of scientific objects like x-rays, electricity, and ether, I study how scientific theories form when their objects of inquiry are invisible. Because energy and fields were considered to be in flux with bodies and their environments, I am interested in how these nineteenth-century concepts were performed in literature, culture, and technologies. I study the cultures, authority, and sociopolitical valences of these sciences.

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)

Critical Posthumanism Genealogy General Editors: Stefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus, and Manuela Rossini

Entry on New Materialism(s): http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/new-materialisms/    April 2018

  • Awarded Second Prize in Graduate Student Essay Contest (2016-2017): Beautiful Mosses: Queer Biology and Representational Trauma in Tiptree’s ‘Your Haploid Heart’
  • Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient, UCR English Department (2017-2018)

  • Awarded First Prize in Graduate Student Essay Contest (2017-2018)

    –        Feeling Is Energy: Feeling with Ether and Energy in Eliot’s Middlemarch

  • Graduate Student Representative and Listserv Manager of Speculative Fiction and Cultures of Science Program, UCR (2017-2019) 

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
  • “Mesmeric Dissection: Sympathetic Magnetic Probing of Nineteenth-Century Imponderable

    Matters.”North American Victorian Studies Association. St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2018

  • “An Imponderable Water Wheel: The Caloric Theory of Heat and Interstitial Cycles in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss.”Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. San Francisco, California, March 2018