Kameron Sanzo, Ph.D.
M.A., B.A., B.S.M.E.
Kameron Sanzo earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Riverside, where she specialized in Victorian literature and science. Her dissertation project theorizes energy's infrastructure, which emerged contemporary to classical energy physics in the nineteenth century and naturalized western assumptions about bodies, resources, movement, and possibilities. She argues that the Victorian period is crucial to understanding how certain energy modalities are now embedded in our cultural imaginaries, literatures, infrastructures, and sciences. Because energy deals in conversions and relationalities, strategies of representation such as models, fictions, figurative language, and infrastructures produce a version of modernity that we recognize while obscuring other possibilities.
Dr. Sanzo has a wide variety of interests reflecting the trajectory of her career and the content of this blog. She graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, after which she spent several years working as an engineer in the commercial airline industry. Eager to explore the cultures, literatures, and histories at the intersection of science production, she returned to Pitt and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in English literature. She earned her M.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside in 2017, and completed her Ph.D. in 2021.
Though we are living through our own critical political and environmental conjunctures, Dr. Sanzo believes that studying the nineteenth century lays bare how Victorians informed and limited a now naturalized energy concept. In other words, the Victorians are both the problem and the solution to thinking about sustainability otherwise. This blog was born of her passion for research, thinking, and writing on Victorian literature and energy physics; and of sharing ideas and resources more broadly.