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Drexel University
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body studies, critical race and gender studies, disability studies, media theory, Victorian studies, image ethics, the face, digital religion, medical humanities, medical ethics
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About Me

Sharrona Pearl is Associate Profession of Medical Ethics at Drexel University.  A historian and theorist of the body and face, she is an expert on physiognomy — the study of facial features and their relationship to character traits. She has explored the face in a number of articles and two monographs, About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Harvard University Press, 2010) and Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). She is also the editor of Images, Ethics, Technology (Routledge, 2016), the latest volume in the Shaping Inquiry in Culture, Communication and Media Studies series. Her current research explores the face recognition spectrum, from face blindness to super recognition.  She is also working on a project on “racialized forgiveness” in cases of police shootings and institutional violence.  A frequent writer and blogger, you can find her bylines at reallifemag, Chronicle Vitae, kveller, romper, Lilith Magazine, Aeon Magazine, Tablet, and Nursing Clio. Other areas of interest include visual culture; self-fashioning and visual judgment; science and performance; freak shows through history; queer bioethics; and the ethics of images.

Recent Publications
 Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other, University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Images, Ethics, Technology, edited volume, Routledge, October 2015.
About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Harvard University Press, February 2010.

“A Super Useless Super Hero: the Positive Framing of Super Recognition,” Semiotic Review, v. 7, Sept. 2019.

“Saving Faces,” Canadian Medical Association Journal, 190:16 (23 April 2018) E511-E512.

“Facing the Weight of God’s Glory: Exodus 33 and the Face-to-Face,” Reading Exodus. Beth Kissileff, ed. London: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming.

“Watching While (Face) Blind: Clone Layering and Prosopagnosia,” Orphan Black: Performance, Gender, Biopolitics. Andrea Goulet and Robert Rushing, ed. London: Intellect Books, forthcoming.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
England, US
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, England, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Medicine, Race, Religion, Science, Sexuality, Technology, Women