Christina Lord is a PhD candidate and French instructor. She earned her BA and MA in French from the University of Iowa. While at KU, she has worked for the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and was a research consultant for Professor Paul Scott’s undergraduate course on French science fiction and fantasy. She has also participated in various interdisciplinary initiatives such as the Hall Center for the Humanities’ Applied Humanities Boot Camp and Red Hot Research at the Commons. She is currently participating in the Hall Center’s 2017 Fall Faculty Colloquium, “The Posthuman.”
Christina’s dissertation research focuses on fluctuating human identities in French science fiction literature and film (J.H. Rosny aîné, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Luc Besson, Eric Chevillard). She approaches her analysis from the theoretical angle of posthumanism, which questions the implications of human superiority over nonhuman entities and the physical/intellectual enhancement of humans through technology. Christina has received departmental awards as well as the Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship to fund her research.