Kameron Sanzo


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

Research Areas

Nineteenth-century British literature and culture, classical energy science and literature, science and technology studies (STS)

Research Interests

My dissertation project theorizes energy’s infrastructure, which emerged contemporary to classical energy physics in the nineteenth century and shaped forms of governance that have continuously naturalized assumptions about bodies, resources, risks, and possibilities. My project argues that the Victorian period is crucial for understanding how certain formations of energy have become embedded in our cultural imaginaries, in our literature, in our infrastructures, and in our sciences. Our history of studying energy has been a performative act. In other words, it is also the history of bringing into the foreground certain ways of knowing while simultaneously excluding other possibilities.

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)
    • Served on Graduate Committee, in addition to planning scholarly and social events
  • (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

  • Graduate Research Mentorship Programs (GRMP) Fellowship (2019-2020)
  • 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)
  • Awarded Second Prize in Graduate Student Essay Contest (2016-2017): Beautiful Mosses: Queer Biology and Representational Trauma in Tiptree’s ‘Your Haploid Heart’
    • 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
  • “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