PhD, 2013 Emory University, Atlanta GA
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
Advisor: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Dissertation: “ ‘After These Horrendous Crimes, that Creature Forfeits his Rights’: The Sexually Violent Offender as Exceptional Criminal.”
BA, 2004 Yale University, New Haven CT 
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with distinction 
Advisors: Stephen Davis (Religious Studies), Vron Ware (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Senior Essay: “Desireless Bodies, Performative Texts: The Construction of Modern Gendered Bodies in Histories of Celibacy and Self-Starvation.”


Feminist and Queer Theories, Sexuality, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Disability Studies, Cultural Studies, Neuroethics


Cipolla, Cyd, David Rubin, Kristina Gupta and Angela Willey (eds). Queer Feminist Science Studies: A Reader.  University of Washington Press, 2017.

Cipolla, Cyd and Kristina Gupta.  “Neurogenderings and Neuroethics” in The Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics. L. Syd M. Johnson and Karen Rommelfanger, eds. NY: Routledge, 2018.

Review of Strangers in our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario by Elise Chenier, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 48, no. 2 (2012) 178-180.

“‘Preventative Corrections’: Psychiatric Representation and the Classification of Sexually Violent Predators,” Journal of Medical Humanities 32, no. 2 (2011): 103-113.


“Rape, Robot: Sexuality, Consent, and the Raced-Gendering of ‘Artificial’ Bodies,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: Baltimore, MD, November 2017 (accepted).

“Build it Better: Towards a Feminist Maker Pedagogy,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: Montreal, Canada, November 2016.

Roundtable. “Queer Feminist Science Studies, Postcolonial Critique, and Decolonial Imaginaries,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: Montreal, Canada, November 2016.

“Precarity, Evidence, and the Demand for Protection,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: Madison, WI, November 2015 .

“The ‘Godzilla Defense’: Mental Illness, Mental Abnormality, and the Washington Community Protection Act of 1990.” Richardson History of Psychiatry Seminar, Weill Cornell Medical College: New York, NY, April 2015.

Roundtable: “Queer Feminist Science Studies.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2014.

“Community Protection: Controlling [Dangerous] Sexuality.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting: San Diego,CA, October 2013.

“The Most Vile Example: Framing the Sexual Predator in the United States.” Law and Society Association Annual Conference: Boston, MA, May 2013.

Facilitating Notetaker, Use and Abuse of Neuroimaging in the Courtroom: A Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference on Ethical Issues in Neuroimaging, Emory University: Atlanta, GA, December 2012.

Roundable: “Decolonizing the Master Scientist’s Tools: Teaching Feminist Science to Feminists, Scientists, and Feminist Scientists.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Oakland, CA, November 2012.

Roundtable: “Teaching Gender and Sexuality: Reflections and Notes from the Professor’s Desk.” Intersections: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender and Sexuality, Georgia Gwinnett College: Atlanta, GA, April 2012.

“Feminism and the Representation of Sexually Dangerous Persons.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA, November 2011.

“‘That Creature Forfeits His Rights!’: Metaphor and the Dehumanization of Sexual Criminals.” Re-Thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society. Ludwig-Maximilian University: Munich, Germany, July 2011.

“The Violent Sex Offender as Exceptional Criminal.” Research Colloquium. Goethe-University: Frankfurt, Germany, May 2011.

“Neither Criminal nor Therapeutic: the Classification of Sexually Violent Predators.” Southern Regional Conference for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Auburn University: Auburn, AL, April 2011.

“Sexual Predator Statutes and Community Protection, or, When Preventive Detention Isn’t Preventive Detention.” Southeastern Women’s Studies Conference. Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA, March 2011.

“They Look Like Us: The (In)Visability of Sexual Deviance.” Queer Studies Annual Conference. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA): Los Angeles, CA, October 2010.

“It’s Written All Over Their Faces: Links Between the ‘Immoral’ and the ‘Abnormal.’” Society for Disability Studies Conference. Temple University: Philadelphia, PA, June 2010.


Teaching with Technology Grant, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU 2016-2017

Adviser of Distinction, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU 2015-2016

Visiting Fellow, Dewitt Wallace Institute of the History of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2013-present

Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012-2013

Dissertation Fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 2012-2013 (declined).

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2012-2013 (declined).

Fellow, Neuroethics Scholars Program, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2011-2012.

Visiting Scholar, IPP Transnational: Gender, Democracy, and Knowledge in a Transnational World; Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; Spring – Summer 2011.

Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Laney Graduate School, Emory University,  2007-2012.