Baker, Rebecca

Rebecca Baker is an English PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, pursuing her doctoral degree with dual emphases in Cognitive Science and Information, Technology, and Society. She is broadly interested in cultural constructions of scientific discourses – including science fiction – with a focus on space travel/colonization, speculative world building, and the alien. Her work is situated at the intersections of Science and Technology Studies, Cognitive Studies, the Digital Humanities, and Ecocriticism, with an emphasis on decolonial politics, marginal voices, and the biological/technological turn in our cultural understanding of the human.

Rebecca’s work is currently centered on popular and science fictional representations of Mars and Martian colonization, spanning from early 20th century speculative science fiction to futurologist projections into and beyond the current era



South Hall 2432 T

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020 - Please email for appointment.


(805) 893-4622


Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580


Literature and the Environment
Literature and Mind
Transcriptions: The Culture of Information
Cognitive Science Program
American Literature
Literature and Technology

Recent Courses Taught

Quarter Course Title
Summer B 2020 ENGL 10 Introduction to Literary Study