Dr Lara Choksey

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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I’m a postdoctoral research associate at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health working on “Postgenomic Environments”: a project which brings literary and cultural studies approaches to questions of health, care, community, and environment in the genomic and postgenomic eras, as well as looking at uses of precision genomic medicine locally, nationally, and globally. I'm interested in speculative methods of approaching new (and old) narratives of complexity, interdependence, and influence, via current work on epigenetics and the microbiome. My research draws from the history and philosophy of science, world-systems theory, critical race and decolonial studies, and modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, with a particular interest in speculative fiction.

From 2017-18, I was an early career fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, where I received my PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies in 2017, and taught from 2015 to 2018. Before that, I worked as a journalist in India, writing on urban development, crime, and health for the Statesman newspaper in Kolkata. I have an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, London (2011), and a BA in English from the University of Leeds (2010).

My first monograph, Narrative in the Age of the Genome: Genetic Worlds, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. I'm also a member of the Global Warwickshire Collective, a group of academics and community activists exploring methods of investigating local histories with descendants of the Windrush generation in the Midlands.

Wellcome Centre profile

Twitter: @larachoksey