Deboleena Roy

Professor of NBB

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Professor of WGSS

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office: Candler Library 128

Phone: 404-727-0304


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

550 Asbury Circle
Candler Library 128

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • Ph.D., Reproductive Neuroendocrinology and Molecular Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2001


Deboleena Roy is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University.  She received her PhD in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.  She was a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and has held faculty fellowships at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.  She is currently Associate Faculty in the Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Her research and scholarship attempt to create a shift from feminist critiques of science to the development of feminist practices that contribute to scientific inquiry in the lab.  Her fields of interest include feminist theory, feminist science and technology studies, neuroscience, molecular biology, postcolonial theory, and reproductive justice movements. Her research in synthetic biology has been supported by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative.  She has published articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyHypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Neuroethics; Australian Feminist Studies; Rhizomes: Cultural Studies of Emerging Knowledge; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrinology; and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  She has also contributed to several anthologies including Handbook for Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (2011); Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science (2012); Gendered Neurocultures: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Current Brain Discourses (2014); and Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialities (2016). She is currently working on a book project entitled "Molecular Feminisms: Theory in and out of the Lab".

Sample Publications:

Roy, Deboleena. 2016. Neuroscience and Feminist Theory: A New Directions Essay.  Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society. (forthcoming)

Roy, Deboleena. 2015. Science Studies.  In Handbook of Feminist Theory ed. by Lisa Disch and Mary Hawkesworth. New York: Oxford University Press.

Roy, Deboleena. 2014. Developing a New Political Ecology: Neuroscience, Feminism, and the Case of the Estrogen Receptor. In Gendered Neurocultures: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Current Brain Discourses ed. by Sigrid Schmitz and Grit Höppner. Vienna: Zaglossus Press.

Roy, Deboleena. 2012. Neuroethics, Gender, and the Response to Difference. Neuroethics 5: 217-230.

Roy, Deboleena. 2007. Somatic matters: Becoming molecular in molecular biology. Special Issue: Feminisms’ Others. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 14 (Summer).