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Q&A With Dr. Tiago Saraiva

January 4, 2013 —

Dr. Tiago Saraiva

Dr. Tiago Saraiva

Dr. Tiago Saraiva
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Politics

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Degree: Ph.D., Universidad Autonoma Madrid
Research Interests: History of genetics, food and fascism, West Coast and globalization


Q: What did you do before coming to Drexel?
A: I was a visiting professor in the history department of the University of California at Berkeley, and a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Austerlitz, by W. G. Sebald

Q: What is your favorite food/restaurant?
A: Spanish tapas at Cazorla (Madrid)

Q: One thing you couldn't live without?
A: Late summers on the Portuguese coast

Q: If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be?
A: Leonard Cohen, Fernando Pessoa, Billie Holiday

Q: What was the most memorable class you ever took as an undergrad?
A: Solid State Physics

Q: Which current event/issue do you think students should know more about?
A: Food

Q: What’s one thing every student who plans on taking one of your classes should know about you?
A: My lecturing is very experimental. It can be frustrating for students who prefer prêt-à-porter classes, but very rewarding for those willing to embark on unexplored paths.

Q: What made you want to become a professor?
A: Role models. As an adolescent, the example of pop scientists like Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Stephen Jay Gould, and as an undergraduate that of philosophers like Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze. Of all those early passions I only keep an enduring love for Richard Rorty.

Q: What do you consider to be your biggest achievement thus far in your career?
A: My upcoming book, Fascist Pigs: Genetics, Food, and Fascism

Q: What course would you be most excited to teach at Drexel and why?
A: Transnational History of Science, in order to explore with students alternative views of world history through the lens of modern science.

Q: What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
A: Novel ways of writing history that contribute to establishing Drexel as an exciting place to explore the role of science and technology in the social fabric.


See Dr. Tiago Saraiva in action: CoAS Dean’s Seminar: “Cloning the Cooperative: Oranges, Genetics, and the Global Circulation of California” Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 3:30-5:00PM, Disque 109.

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