Research Interests: Feminist science studies; environmental humanities; cultural studies; queer theory; the Anthropocene.
Meg Perret is a graduate student in history of science at Harvard University. She is a recipient of the presidential scholarship, which recognizes the top admitted graduate students at Harvard for their leadership and innovation potential in both public policy and academia. Her research examines the cultural, historical, and rhetorical dimensions of scientific research on species extinctions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She analyzes narratives about biodiversity loss embedded in scientific texts and illuminates the rhetorical devices deployed to communicate the cultural significance of endangered and extinct species. Of particular interest is how gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, species, and identity are leveraged in controversies regarding the future of Earth’s biodiversity. Her project concludes with novel metaphors, images, models, key terms, and diagrams for representing scientific research on biodiversity that both promotes robust scientific findings and transforms representations of humanity’s relationship with nature. She enriches the conceptual resources available for mitigating impacts of environmental catastrophe on vulnerable human and nonhuman communities. She graduated with highest honors from UC Berkeley as a triple major in Integrative Biology; Gender and Women’s Studies; and Interdisciplinary Studies: Science, Technology & Society.
BA., Integrative Biology, Gender & Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies: Science, Technology & Society, UC Berkeley