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Sharrona Pearl, PhD

Sharrona Pearl


Associate Teaching Professor

Health Administration Department

267.359.5561 P
267.359.5579 F
Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry Street, Room 775

Sharrona Pearl, PhD is associate professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Health Administration and affiliated faculty with the Center for Science, Technology & Society. A historian and theorist of the body and face, Pearl researches the relationship between the face and how we perceive people. She has explored the face in a number of articles and two monographs: About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Harvard University Press, 2010) and Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other (University of Chicago Press, 2017). She is also the editor of Images, Ethics, Technology (Routledge, 2016), the latest volume in the Shaping Inquiry in Culture, Communication and Media Studies series. Her current research explores the face recognition spectrum from face blindness to super recognition. She is also writing an article on prison plastic surgery programs internationally. Other areas of interest include critical race, gender and disability studies; media studies, science and performance; freak shows through history; and the ethics of images. Pearl is an active freelance writer, and you can find her articles on her website at


Science studies, history of science and medicine, critical race, gender, and disability studies, media studies