B.A. Women's Studies, UCLA (2010)
Ph.D. English, University of Pennsylvania (expected 2018)
Joan Lubin is the 2017-2018 John Money Fellow for Scholars of Sexology at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research in Bloomington, Indiana. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, she will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in science & literature in the Society for the Humanities and the English Department at Cornell University.
Her dissertation, “Social Science Fictions,” examines the production of science as an aesthetic category, tracing the ways in which scale emerges as its organizing logic and most persistent formal problem. By thinking of science as an aesthetic category, and not just an ideological or methodological one, this project reads the scientism of the Cold War as the foundation for a set of literary experiments with scientific modes of representation. Each chapter identifies a site of representational negotiation at the interface of the literary and the social scientific to track how the answers ventured to the question of how to scale representations to reality repurposed mathematical formalism in the service of social realism and developed modes of narrative representation for an age of statistical aggregation.