Elizabeth Pitts is the director of Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric program. She received her PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University with a minor in Genetic Engineering and Society. Elizabeth’s research blends rhetorical theory, organizational studies, and science studies to examine how technologies influence the nature of professional work and professional identity. Her current book project offers insights into a movement to make the coding of DNA as pervasive as the coding of software.
Hannah Star Rogers is the curator of Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology and a visiting scholar at the Center for Ethics and Healthy Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MFA at Columbia University and her Ph.D. at Cornell University in Science & Technology Studies, where her research concerned the intersection of art and science, particularly critiques of science in contemporary art. She is the first editor of the Routledge Handbook of Art, Science and Technology Studies and the forthcoming monograph Art, Science, and the Politics of Knowledge. She has curated exhibitions at Cornell University, Arizona State University, NC State University, and the University of Virginia.
Jeff Klein is the web designer/developer of Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology, helping bring the exhibition into the digital format.
Lisa S. Parker, a philosopher, is the Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote Professor of Bioethics, Director of the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, and Professor of Human Genetics in the Graduate School of Public Health. She directs the University’s interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Bioethics Program in The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and is director of the Area of Concentration in Humanities, Ethics, and Palliative Care in the School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and a fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science. She leads the University’s Research, Ethics, and Society Initiative, designed to foster campus-wide discussion of research ethics and the social implications of scientific research and technology. Dr. Parker has published extensively on ethical concerns related to the design and conduct of research, particularly genetic research and mental health research, as well as on aesthetic surgery, confidentiality, and informed consent. She has a sustained interest in employing feminist approaches to bioethical issues and in the critical analysis of bioethics as a social practice and field of inquiry.
Nelesi Rodriguez is a Venezuelan-born educator and researcher. She studies how movements––understood both as collective actions for change and as embodied ways of knowing/thinking/doing––are central to knowledge production, preservation, and circulation. She is also interested in engaged scholarship, informal learning, and how creative practices are used/adapted as research and teaching methodologies. Nelesi is currently a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh.