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Sharrona Pearl, PhD

Contact Information

  • 267.359.5561
  • 267.359.5579 F
  • Health Sciences Building, Room 11W46

Sharrona Pearl


Associate Teaching Professor

Health Administration Department

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, is a historian and theorist of the face and body. She received a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University, and has published widely in Victorian medicine and science, media and religion, critical race, gender, and disability studies, bioethics and medical humanities, prison studies and face recognition and AI. Her current project explores the face recognition spectrum from face blindness to super recognition. Pearl maintains an active public writing profile, and has published articles in a number of places, including The Washington Post, Real Life Magazine, Lilith, Tablet, JTA, Chronicle Vitae, and Kveller. You can find clips of her writing on her website at

Academic Distinctions

Visiting Scholar, MCPHS Center for Health Humanities; Top Poster Award, ICA 2016, Royal Historical Society Fellow

Professional Society

Society for the History of Technology
Feminist Association for Bioethics
American Association for the History of Medicine
International Communication Association

Selected Publications

Pearl, S. (2017) Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other. University of Chicago Press.

Pearl, S. (2010). About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Harvard University Press.

Pearl, S. (2020). Staying Angry: Black women’s resistance to racialized forgiveness in US police shootings. Women’s Studies in Communication. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2020.1744208

Pearl, S. (2020) “#sorrynotsorry: a teaching module on advertising gaffes in the digital age,” ASQ, 21:2.

Pearl, S. (2020). Deglamming as Estrangement: Ugly in Monster, The Hours, and Cake. Cinema Journal 8:1, 218-248.

Editorial review board membership:

Advertising and Society Quarterly

Research Interests

Bioethics and Medical Humanities, History of Science, Medicine and Technology, Critical Race, Gender, and Disability Studies, Media and Communication Studies


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

Graduate: Harvard University • November 2005
PhD History of Science

University Of Cambridge • 2002 – 2003
Visiting Student, History and Philosophy of Science (Supervisors: Simon Schaffer and Jim Secord)

Undergraduate: York University • June 1999
BA (hons.) Summa Cum Laude in Humanities and Science Studies

Hebrew University Of Jerusalem • 1997 – 1998 Junior Year Abroad Programme