The Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Urology both recently welcomed Kelsey Lewis as a new postdoctoral fellow on the UW-Madison campus. Lewis is the 2020-2022 Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology, with an interest of gender studies and biology, and feminist perspectives of sex, in particular. After arriving in Madison, she was “eager to connect with feminist STS scholars and other scientists incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives into their scholarship”. She quickly applied to become a member of the Holtz Center, joining other GWS and STS colleagues.
Lewis teaches feminist biology courses in Gender & Women’s Studies and is invested in incorporating gender and race into science education. Her scholarship combines lab research on the prenatal development of sex characteristics with feminist perspectives on the construction of binary sex.
Her PhD research focused on the prenatal development of sex variation in mammals. While obtaining her PhD in the University of Florida’s Biology Department, Lewis became quite involved in science and technology studies on the UF campus and organized several offerings for future feminist STS scholars and scientists in Gainesville. She launched a feminist science reading group and co-founded the Gainesville Ally Skills Network, a network of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who have been trained to facilitate ally skills workshops on the UF campus. Kelsey also served as president of the University of Florida’s Women in Science and Engineering organization. Before graduating from UF earlier this spring, Lewis was a fellow with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Women (AAUW).
The Holtz Center is thrilled to welcome Dr. Lewis to our roster of colleagues interested in science and technology studies. To learn more about what Holtz Center membership offers, please visit our website. We seek members from every part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community – including humanists, social scientists, natural scientists, engineers, and clinicians. Center membership is open to all faculty and academic staff who are able to demonstrate an intellectual or pedagogical commitment to STS through teaching, research or service.
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