Coleman Nye (she/her)

Assistant Professor
AQ 5105A
Personal Website
Lissa Graphic Novel 

Coleman Nye works at the intersection of feminist science and technology studies, graphic medicine, and performance studies. She co-authored (with Sherine Hamdy) Lissa: a story of friendship, medical promise, and revolution, the debut graphic novel of the ethnoGRAPHIC series at University of Toronto Press which won the 2018 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers. She is currently completing a monograph Biological Property: Race, Gender, Genetics which mines the epistemological linkages between genetic understandings of relation and property-based models of inheritance. Nye’s work has been published in such journals as Social Text, TDR: The Drama Review, Women and Performance, Global Public Health, and ADA: A journal of gender, new media, and technology. In 2017, she edited a special issue of Performance Matters on “Science and Performance.” 


  • Ph.D. Theatre and Performance Studies, Brown University, May 2014 
  • M.A. Anthropology, Brown University, 2010 
  • B.A. Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies (honors), New York University, 2006

Currently teaching

Fall 2020

GSWS 321 Graphic Sex: Gender and Sexuality in Comics

GSWS 414/831 Dude, Where’s My Body? Biopolitics, Biotechnologies, Bioecologies

Other courses:

FASS 101: Cancer Cultures: The Social Lives of a Disease

GSWS 208: Diagnosing Difference: Race and Gender in Global Medical Perspective

GSWS 322: Feminist Approaches to Research

GSWS 316: Disciplining Sex: Feminist Science Studies and Sociobiology

GSWS 315/831: Critical Disability Studies


Lissa: An Ethnographic Story about Friendship, Medical Promise, and Revolution. 2017. University of Toronto Press. Co-authored with Sherine F. Hamdy. Illustrated by Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer.

“The Commons as Accumulation Strategy: Postgenomic Mutations in Racial Biocapital.” 2019. Social Text Vol. 37, No. 2 (139): 1-28. DOI:

“Science and Performance: Theor(a)trical Physics and Hauntological Relations.” 2017. Performance Matters, Vol. 3, No. 2: 1-15. Editor’s introduction to special issue on “Science and Performance.”

“Lissa: Using Comics to Shift the Lens of Bioethics.” Global Public Health. Co-author Sherine Hamdy. DOI 10.1080/17441692.2019.1682632

“Untimely Economies of Survival.” 2013. Women and Performance: A journal of feminist theory. Vol. 23, No. 2: 268-290.

“Cancer ‘Previval’ and the Theatrical Fact.” 2012.  TDR: The Drama Review. Vol. 56, No. 4 (T216): 104–120.