Arthur Z. Wang, Ph.D.
- Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow
A scholar of contemporary fiction, media, and feminist science and technology studies, Arthur Wang studies how scientific concepts travel across contexts and assert universal applicability.
Arthur Wang’s current book project, Minor Theories of Everything, is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the proliferation and circulation of scientific universalisms about human sociality since the 20th century, and their surprising uptake by feminists and writers of color. Minor Theories of Everything argues that would-be arch-disciplines like sociobiology, game theory, and cybernetics tend to "fail up," disappearing not into obscurity, but into colloquial commonplace.
His second book project, tentatively titled Making Scientific Lives, investigates the co-formation of biographical media and the modern sciences, and traces tensions between ideals of scientific impersonality and the vibrant circulation of scientists’ life stories in academic and popular cultures.
Arthur co-edits Post45, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for scholarship on American literature and culture since the mid-twentieth century. He received a Ph.D. in English from Yale University in 2022. Before graduate school, he worked as a software engineer.
- B.A., Princeton University, 2011
- M.St., University of Oxford, 2012
- Ph.D., Yale University, 2022