Biopolitics, political economy, mass culture, body/subjectivity, gender/sexuality
Kimberly Klinger received her PhD from the Cultural Studies program at George Mason University in 2016. She received her Bachelors from Penn State University, majoring in Letters, Arts, and Sciences; and her masters from George Washington University in Women's Studies with a focus on Media Theory. Her dissertation, "The birth of morbopolitics: Pittsburgh and the normalization of organ transfer," argued that the work done by surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh's hospitals in the 1980s ushered in a new era in medicine: one in which organ transplants went from being considered untenable to one in which they became not only standard medical practice but an imperative treatment, both nationally and across the globe. A series of new practices and concepts took hold, which both normalized organ transplantation and suspended desperately ill patients in a “morbopolitical” regime: a zone of exception between health and death, where patients are held under perpetual treatment. Kimberly teaches in the School of Integrative Studies and for the Bachelor of Individualized Studies program.