Stephanie Maroney, Ph.D.

Stephanie Maroney, Interim Associate Director

Position Title
Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager

UC Davis Humanities Institute

221 Voorhies Hall

As Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager, I support UC Davis graduate scholars who are shaping the future of advanced humanistic research to be collaborative, transformative, and engaged with communities beyond the university. 

In 2016 I was a member of the inaugural cohort of Mellon Public Scholars, and in 2018 I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research at the University of California, Davis. As a feminist food studies and science & technology studies scholar, my own research analyses how the science of the human microbiome shapes how we engage with our multi-species bodies and the bodies of others: like this article on Sandor Katz's queer fermentive praxis, and this article on why fecal microbiota transplants reenact colonialist extraction practices. I am currently exploring radical futures with fungus in an interdisciplinary research group of artists, scientists, humanists, and practitioners, including a mycelial futures storytelling game.