Dr. Sandra Harvey

About Dr. Harvey

Dr. Sandra HarveyDr. Sandra Harvey will join the department in the fall of 2018. She is a political theorist whose research and pedagogy broadly engage the intersections of Enlightenment political thought, the black diaspora, indigeneity, and cultural studies. Dr. Harvey's book project, tentatively titled "Passing for Free, Passing for Sovereign: Blackness and the Formation of the Nation," traces narratives of race/gender passing within the institutions of science, settler colonial law, and Enlightenment philosophy. It contextualizes accusations of passing in the U.S. as rooted in 19th century surveillance of fugitive slaves and traces how ideas of black race/gender passing influence contemporary notions of freedom, sovereignty, the nation, and the citizen. Dr. Harvey's additional research engages feminist representations of blackness in Caribbean (Cuban and Puerto Rican) modern and conceptual art.


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, 2017; M.A. Universidad de Chile, 2005, B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 2000.


Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine (2017-2018)
Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Enlightenment Political Thought, Black Diasporas, Indigeneity, Post-colonial theory, Feminist and Queer Theory, Feminist Science Studies, Cultural Studies


Harvey, S. (2016). The HeLa bomb and the science of unveiling. Catalyst: Feminism,
Theory, Technoscience, 2(2), 1-30