Kyla Schuller is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Faculty Director of the Women’s Global Health Leadership Certificate Program at Rutgers University--New Brunswick. Her book The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century (Duke UP, 2018) fundamentally reorients theories of biopower, excavating the foundational role of affect and sentimentalism in the management of life itself and its hierarchies of race and sex. Her current book project, Gender Studies After Gender, rethinks the sex/gender distinction in light of the material turn. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Schuller was an External Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She has previously held fellowships from ACLS and the UC Humanities Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego in 2009.
Her essays have appeared in academic journals including American Quarterly and GLQ and popular outlets such as Los Angeles Review of Books and Post Road. She is currently co-editing a special issue of American Quarterly on "Origins of Biopolitics in the Americas," to appear in September 2019.