Name: David Allen Kirby

1996  Ph.D., University of Maryland - College Park
          Molecular Evolutionary Genetics
          Dissertation Title: "Epistatic Selection and the Evolution of Drosophila Introns."

1990  B.S., University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign
          Ecology, Ethology and Evolution - Behavioral Ecology emphasis
          Senior Thesis Title: "The Effects of High and Low Humidity on the Cockroach
          Species, Blattella germanica and Supella longipalpa."

Academic and Research Appointments
8/10 - present    Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, UK

9/04 - 7/10       Lecturer in Science Communication Studies, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, UK

8/03 - 8/04        Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, CTLW, Duke University

5/02 - 7/03        Visiting Scholar, Department of Communication, Cornell University

8/01 - 7/03        NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University

9/96 - 7/01        Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, American University

5/96 - 8/96        Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland

Research Interests

Science Communication in Social Contexts.

Science, Technology, Medicine, and Entertainment Media.

Cultural Interpretations of Genomics and Genetic Engineering.

Science Consultants and Media Production.

Kirby, D.A. (2011) Lab Coats in Hollywood: Scientists Impact on Cinema, Cinema's Impact on Science and Technology (Cambridge,MA: MIT Press)


Kirby, D.A. (2011) "Forensic Fictions: Storytelling, Television Production and Forensic Science," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Forthcoming).

Kirby, D.A. (2011) "Creating a Techno-Mythology for a New Age: The Production History of The Lawnmower Man," in Science Fiction and Computing: Essays on Interlinked Domains, D. Ferro & E.G. Swedin (eds.), (Jefferson, NC: McFarland): 214-229.

Kirby, D.A. (2009) "The Future is Now: Hollywood Science Consultants, Diegetic Prototypes and the Role of Cinematic Narratives in Generating Real-World Technological Development," Social Studies of Science, 40(1): 41-70.

Kirby, D.A. (2008) "Hollywood Knowledge: Communication Between Scientific and Entertainment Cultures," in Communicating Science in Social Contexts, D. Cheng, et al. (eds.), (New York: Springer): 165-181.

Kirby, D.A. (2008) "Cinematic Science: The Public Communication of Science and Technology in Popular Film," B. Trench & M. Bucchi (eds.), Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. (New York: Routledge): 67-94.

Kirby, D.A. (2007) "The Devil in Our DNA: A Brief History of Eugenic Themes in Science Fiction Films," Literature and Medicine, 26(1): 83-108.

Kirby, D.A. (2007) "L'Eugenetica al Cinema: Gattaca," Prometeo, 98: 14-23.

Kirby, D.A. (2007) "Hollywood's Take on Human Heredity," The Scientist, 9 February.

Kirby, D.A. and L.A. Gaither (2005) "Genetic Coming of Age: Genomics, Enhancement, and Identity in Film," New Literary History, 36(2): 263-282.

Kirby, D.A. (2004) "Extrapolating Race in Gattaca: Genetic Passing, Identity, the New Eugenics, and the Science of Race," Literature and Medicine, 23(1): 184-200. This article has also been included as a chapter in Difference and Identity, J.M. Metzl and S. Poirier (eds), (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).

Kirby, D.A. (2003) "Scientists on the Set: Science Consultants and Communication of Science in Visual Fiction," Public Understanding of Science, 12(3): 261-278.

Kirby, D.A. (2003) "Science Consultants, Fictional Films and Scientific Practice," Social Studies of Science, 33(2): 231-268.

Kirby, D.A. (2003) "Science Advisors, Representation, and Hollywood Films," Molecular Interventions, 3(2): 54-60.

Kirby, D.A. (2003) "The Threat of Materialism in the Age of Genetics: DNA at the Drive-In," in Horror at the Drive-In: Essays in Popular Americana, G.D. Rhodes (ed), (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co.), pp. 241-258.

Kirby, D.A. (2002) "Are We Not Men?: The Horror of Eugenics in The Island of Dr. Moreau," Paradoxa, 17: 93-108.

Kirby, D.A. (2000) "The New Eugenics in Cinema: Genetic Determinism and Gene Therapy in GATTACA," Science Fiction Studies, 27(2): 193-215.

Stephan, W., L. Xing, D.A. Kirby, and J. Braverman (1998) "A Test of the Background Selection Hypothesis Based on Nucleotide Data from Drosophila ananassae," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 95: 5649-5654.

Kirby, D.A. and W. Stephan (1996) "Multi-Locus Selection and the Structure of Variation at the white Gene of Drosophila melanogaster," Genetics, 144: 635-645.

Kirby, D. A., S. V. Muse and W. Stephan (1995) "Maintenance of pre-mRNA Secondary Structure by Epistatic Selection," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 92: 9047-9051.

Kirby, D. A. and W. Stephan (1995) "Haplotype Test Reveals Departure From Neutrality in a Segment of the white Gene of Drosophila melanogaster," Genetics, 141: 1483-1490.

Stephan, W. and D. A. Kirby (1993) "RNA Folding in Drosophila Shows a Distance Effect for Compensatory Fitness Interactions," Genetics, 135: 97-103.

Book Reviews
Kirby, D.A. (2003) "New Studies in Science Fiction Cinema," Science Fiction Studies, 30(1): 133-136.

Kirby, D.A. (2002) "Review of Screening Science," Isis, 93(3): 521-522.