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Queen's University
 

Jeremy Leveque

B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Queen's) 
Ph.D. Candidate

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        Email:  6jl43@queensu.ca
        Office: D402 Mackintosh-Corry
        Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 75547

            Supervisor:  Dr Myra Hird

Research Interests

Ontology and epistemology; social and critical theory; political economy; genetic commodification and engineering; ecological philosophy; philosophy of science; chaos theory; ethics

Current Project

Working under the supervision of Dr. Myra Hird, my doctoral research explores the relationship between political economy and the commodification and modification of human genes. Utilizing a combination of ecological and realist positions, I am investigating not only the underlying causes of the push towards greater levels of genetic modification but the possible ramifications of such an endeavour. While genetic modification has the potential to be beneficial, the decisions we make now, based on seemingly rational short-term interests, may be followed by profound unforeseen and unpredictable consequences. In the course of my research I hope to explore the philosophical and ecological questions surrounding this issue, exploring what a genetic redefinition of humanity would imply for our understanding of what it means to be human and our place in the planet’s ecology.

Education

  • PhD Sociology (in progress) Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • MA Political Studies (2008) Queen’s University, Kingston, ntario, Canada
  • BA Political Science (2007) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Leveque, J. J. (2011) “Re-examining Reproduction: Ecological Marxism as a Methodological instrument in the Study of Reproductive Science, Technology, and Politics”, International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2.
  • Leveque, J. J. (Under Review) “Alienation and Genetic Commodities: An Eco-Marxian Perspective”, Monthly Review.
  • Leveque, J. J. & Scott, R. (In Preparation) “Rethinking the Gene: Scientific Constructions of the Gene as a Working Object”.

Invited Lectures and Seminars

  • Leveque, J. J. (11/2011) “Lost in Translation”, in course “SOCY 921:The Social Construction of Science and Technology”, Graduate seminar, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (11/2011) “Doing Science Studies”, in course “SOCY 363: Science, Technology, and Society”, Undergraduate lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (03/2011) “Ecological Marxism and the Tragedy of Bhopal”, in course “COMM 401: Critical Perspectives on Business”, Undergraduate lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (11/2010) “Karl Marx: Alienation, Fetishism, and Ideology”, in course “SOCY 226: Introduction to Social Theory Pre 1900”, Undergraduate lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (10/2010) “Expertise, Objectivity, and Risk”, in course “SOCY 921:The Social Construction of Science and Technology”, Graduate seminar, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (03/2010) “Unnatural Selection?”, in course “SOCY 363: Science, Technology, and Society”, Undergraduate lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (03/2010) “Ecological Marxism and the Tragedy of Bhopal”, in course “COMM 401: Critical Perspectives on Business”, Undergraduate lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (11/2009) “Karl Marx and Ecology”, in course “SOCY 226: Introduction to Social Theory Pre 1900”, Undergraduate lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Conference Papers

  • Leveque, J. J. (10/2012) “Preliminary Results in a Study of the Production and Meaning of Risk in Prenatal Genetic Diagnostics”, Third Biennial Bilingual CSSH conference, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (11/2010) “Re-examining Reproduction: Ecological Marxism as a Methodological instrument in the Study of Reproductive Science, Technology, and Politics”, Second International Conference on Science in Society, Madrid, Spain.
  • Leveque, J. J. (08/2010) “Evolutionary Biology and the Implications of Genetic Screening Technologies: Analyzing the Impact of ‘Working Objects’”, 4S, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Leveque, J. J. (06/2010) “Analyzing Scientific Constructions of the Gene as a Working Object”, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Leveque, J. J. (04/2010) “The Working Objects of Genetic Screening”, Annual Sociology Graduate Student Symposium, Kingston, Canada.

Awards and Honours

Awards

  • 2011-2013 - Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2010 - Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada.
  • 2009 - Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2008 - Queen’s General Bursary, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2007 - Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1999 - Passport to Education Scholarship, Government of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1998 - Passport to Education Scholarship, Government of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1997 - Passport to Education Scholarship, Government of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1996 - Passport to Education Scholarship, Government of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Honours

  • 2005 - President’s Honour Roll (top 5%), Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • 2004 - President’s Honour Roll (top 5%), Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • 2003 - President’s Honour Roll (top 5%), Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Administration

Service to the Academic Communit y

  • Committee member, Departmental Committee, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University.
  • Associate editor, International Journal of Science in Society.

Professional Association Memberships

  • Canadian Sociology Association (2010-Present)
  • Society for the Social Study of Science (2010-Present)
  • Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health (2011-Present)

Employment

Course Instructor Positions

  • “Introducing Ethics”, May 2009, EMC2 Program, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Teaching Assistant Positions

  • “Introduction to Social Theory 1900 to Present”, January 2012 to April 2012, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “Science, Technology, and Society”, September 2011 to December 2011, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “Introduction to Social Theory 1900 to Present”, January 2011 to April 2011, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “Introduction to Social Theory Pre 1900”, September 2010 to December 2010, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “Introduction to Social Theory 1900 to Present”, January 2010 to April 2010, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “Introduction to Social Theory Pre 1900”, September 2009 to December 2009, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “Introduction to Political Theory”, September 2007 to April 2008, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Community Service

  • 2007 - Served as campaign adviser to BC provincial political candidate.
  • 2005-2006 - Directed two youth theatre productions at local high school.
  • 2004-2007 - Peer tutoring and counselling at KPU and UBC.
  • 2003-2007 - Active with Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders
  • 2003 - Volunteered teaching ESL at school for recent Korean immigrants

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