Sophie Strosberg

I investigate the process of scientific and popular mappings of the human microbiome. How are microbiomes seen as separate or together with other parts of human bodies and human cultures? How are microbiomes viewed differently depending upon the place and people from which they come? How do notions of risk and purity affect how these microbiomes are mapped? These are all questions that will help us better understand cutting edge global health practices and the role of microbes in society.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2014.

Specialties

  • Health Geography
  • Biopolitics, Medicine, and Technology
  • Bioeconomies
  • Geographies of the Body
  • Colonialism and Race
  • Environmental Humanities
Courses Taught
  • TA, Global Dynamics of Health and Disease
  • TA, Global Environmental Issues
  • TA, Mapping Our World
Research & Professional Activities

Research

  • Fecal Matter Transplantation and the Power of the Ecological Narrative: A social history from 1950 to 2016: I will be traveling to gather oral histories and other materials that help show how ecology has had an impact on medicine and technology. Collaborative with Dr. Dominique Tobbell, a professor of the History of Medicine. Generous GRPP grant from the College of Liberal Arts, May 1, 2017 - Sept 15, 2017
  • The Human-Hookworm Assemblage: Contingency and the practice of helminthic therapy: My master's research involved conducting interviews with patients, doctors, journalists and medical providers involved with helminthic, or parasite, therapy. Helminthic therapy is a process whereby parasitic worms are used to help mitigate the effects of certain diseases, including autoimmune disorders, asthma, and allergies. In my master's thesis, I sought to undercover the world of people who are transgressing social and medical norms in order to take healing into their own hands, and how that relates to the new bioeconomy of living parasites, February 15, 2013 - May 15, 2014
  • Guarding the Gut: How Information is Utilized with Regard to Toddler Gut Health: In this Dissertation Project, I will be investigated navigations of information about toddler gut health by parents and experts. I will explore four cases - Food Assistance programs, soil-based probiotic sales, and the pediatric fecal microbiota transplant - to understand how information is conveyed., May 2018 - May 2019