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Postdoc Biographies

• Megan Ahern

Megan Ahern is a literary and cultural critic who focuses on questions of epistemology and the social, particularly in the realm of neuroscience and literature. She received her joint Ph.D. in English and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan in 2012, and her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Dartmouth in 2002. Megan’s dissertation, “Affect in Epistemology,” analyzed the roles of social affect on knowledge production on both individual and discursive levels, through a combination of cultural studies, neuroendocrinology, and readings of Bambara, Morrison, and Silko. Megan is currently working with historian of science Anne Harrington and cognitive neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn on an edited collection on collaboration between the humanities and the mind sciences.

Sivakumar Arumugam

Sivakumar Arumugam has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and an M.A. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His dissertation is titled "Governing Social Bodies: Affect and Number in Contemporary Cricket." The dissertation focused broadly on how new knowledge practices — in areas such as biomechanics, financial modeling, and operations research — are transforming social life in the new millennium. Siva argues that the application of these sciences to the sport of cricket is not just an effect of a greater imbrication of capital and sport. Rather, neoliberalism, as a set of theory and policy prescriptions, is intimately linked to the very inception and development of these sciences starting in the middle of the twentieth century.

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