Deboleena Roy

Department Chair

Associate Professor

WGSS and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Office: Candler 128H

Phone: (404) 727-0304


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Mailing Address:

550 Asbury Circle
Candler Library 128

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Deboleena Roy is Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University.  She holds a joint faculty position as Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and is also Associate Faculty in the Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory.  She received her PhD in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.  She was a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University and has held faculty fellowships at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.

Roy is interested in interested in developing feminist practices that contribute to scientific inquiry in the lab.  Her fields of interest include feminist theory, feminist science and technology studies, neuroscience, molecular biology, postcolonial theory, and reproductive justice movements. Her research on synthetic biology has been supported by the National Academies KECK Futures Initiative.  Her project “The Co-production of Knowledge by Reproductive Justice Advocates and Molecular Biologists” was recently funded by a National Science Foundation Scholars Award (2016-2018).  She has published articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyHypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Neuroethics; Australian Feminist Studies; Rhizomes: Cultural Studies of Emerging Knowledge; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrinology; and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  In addition, she has contributed to several anthologies including Handbook for Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (2011); Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science (2012); Gendered Neurocultures: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Current Brain Discourses (2014); Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialities (2016); and Matter (2016). Her book Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings, and Life in the Lab (2018) was recently published by the University of Washington Press.

Sample Publications:

Roy, Deboleena.  2018.  Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings, and Life in the Lab. University of Washington Press.

Roy, Deboleena.  2016.  Neuroscience and Feminist Theory: A New Directions Essay.  Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society 41(3): 531-552.

Roy, Deboleena.  2015.  Science Studies.  In Handbook of Feminist Theory ed. by Lisa Disch and Mary Hawkesworth.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Roy, Deboleena.  2014.  Developing a New Political Ecology: Neuroscience, Feminism, and the Case of the Estrogen Receptor.  In Gendered Neurocultures: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Current Brain Discourses ed. by Sigrid Schmitz and Grit Höppner.  Vienna: Zaglossus Press.

Roy, Deboleena.  2012.  Neuroethics, Gender, and the Response to Difference.  Neuroethics 5: 217-230.

Roy, Deboleena.  2007.  Somatic matters: Becoming molecular in molecular biology.  Special Issue: Feminisms’ Others. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 14 (Summer).