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Jack R Leff

Jack R Leff, Science and Technology Studies Student

Jack R Leff, Science and Technology Studies Student
Jack R Leff, Science and Technology Studies Student

Department of  Science, Technology, and Society
Blacksburg, VA 24061

I’m Jack R Leff (he/him), a Ph.D. student in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. My dissertation is on the politics of breath, breathing, and atmosphere wherein I try to develop a set of political tools for understanding the political implications of atmospheric technologies. I have a background in continental philosophy and applied ethics (M.S.) and cellular/molecular biology (B.S.), which form the backdrop for my interdisciplinary work. I’m also an active political organizer and am interested in prison abolition. Please feel free to shoot me an email, I am always excited to meet other people interested in this work. 

  • Politics of Breath, Breathing, and Atmosphere
  • Prison Abolition
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Theories of Emotion and Affect
  • Political Theory
  • B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Appalachian State University, 2016
  • M.A. Ethics and Applied Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2018
  • Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies (STS), Virginia Tech, in-progress

Regenerative Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (RM IGEP)

Caluya, Gilbert, Gerard Goggin, Zsuzsanna Dominika Ihar, Jack Leff, Kelly Sharron, and Meshell Sturgis. 2019. “The Right to Maim: Somatechnologies of Violence, Race, and Disability.” Somatechnics 9 (2–3): 376–400.

“Expanding Affective Atmospheres

·  Humanities and Technology Association Conference                                        November 2019

“Reconfiguring Affective Atmospheres”

·  Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference                                                            April 2019

“Enclosable Futures: Prison Abolition and Political Economy”

·  ASPECT Conference                                                                                                 March 2019

“Thinking Atmospherically”

·  Southern Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Conference                                         Sept. 2018

“The Racialization of Breath”

·  PhiloSOPHIA: A Feminist Society                                                                           March 2018

 “The Rise of Surveillance Medicine and the Birth of the Clinic”    

·  UNC Charlotte Graduate Student Research Symposium                                            Mar. 2017

“Fanon, Ahmed, and the Phenomenology of Violence”

·  Bill Brown Conference: Mass Incarceration Across the Americas                             Feb. 2017

Towards a Politics of Breath, Breathing, and Atmosphere (Dissertation)

Prison Abolition, the Commons, and Political Economy