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Deboleena RoySenior Associate Dean, Emory College of Arts and SciencesProfessor - WGSS and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Deboleena Roy was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Faculty in Fall 2020. She is Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Emory. She previously served as chair of WGSS. She also serves as Associate Faculty in the Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory.

Roy received her Ph.D. in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She joined Emory in 2009. Her research and teaching explore interdisciplinary exchanges between the natural sciences and humanities, and she has dedicated her career to creating new conversations between feminism, philosophy of science, reproductive justice, molecular biology, and neuroscience.


Neuroscience | Molecular Biology | Feminist Science and Technology Studies | Feminist Theory | Postcolonial Studies | Reproductive Justice Movements

Sample Publications

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

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).