M. Susan Lindee

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Professor
Janice and Julian Bers Professor of History and Sociology of Science
on leave 2014-2015
Ph.D., Cornell University
M.S., Cornell University
B.S., University of Texas at Austin
Contact Information
Office Address: 
364 Claudia Cohen Hall
Telephone: 
(215) 898-2271
Email Address: 
mlindee@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
By appt.
Teaching Fields: 
  • American science,
  • history of genetics,
  • gender and science,
  • science and popular culture,
  • science and war.
Research Interests: 
  • Gut Feelings and Technical Precision: Thinking about Cystic Fibrosis
  • Rational Fog: A social history of weaponized truth — science in the Cold War
  • Co-organizer, with Ricardo Santos, of a Wenner-Gren Symposium, 2010, on the comparative history of biological anthropology.
Selected Publications: 

Recent:

Under review: “The Rise of the Genome”  Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 

Forthcoming, American Anthropologist, Ricardo Ventura Santos, Susan Lindee and Vanderlei Sebastião de Souza, "Building a site of cognition: Shades of primitiveness in human biological diversity studies in Cold War Brazil, 1962-1970." 38 page manuscript, 9,000 words.  No page numbers yet.  There will be a commentary on our paper by two senior scholars.

“Performing anger: H.J. Muller, James V. Neel, and radiation risk.”  In Bernd Gausemeier, Staffan Muller-Wille and Edmund Ramsden, eds., Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century.  2013, London, Pickering and Chatto, 205-215.   

“Map Your Own Genes: The DNA Experience.” 2013,  In Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber, ed., Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense  Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 186-200.

Co-editor, with the Brazilian anthropologist Ricardo Ventura Santos, of a special issue of Current Anthropology, “The Biological Anthropology of Living Human Populations: World Histories, National Styles and International Networks,”  based on our conference March 2010, publication April 2012. 

http://www.wennergren.org/news/wenner-gren-symposium-held-brazil

Susan Lindee and Rebecca Mueller, 2011. Is Cystic Fibrosis Genetic Medicine’s canary?  Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 54, No. 2, Summer 2011, pp.  316-331.

“Experimental Wounds: Science and Violence in Mid-Century America” 2011. In Susan Smith, ed., “Health Legacies:  Militarization, Health, and Society” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, v. 39, n. 1 (Spring) 8-20.   

Books:

Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine 2005  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two Culture Divide With Alan Goodman and Deborah Heath, edited volume from a Wenner-Gren Foundation Symposium.  University of California Press, 2003. 

The DNA mystique: The gene as a cultural icon with Dorothy Nelkin.  2004. New edition, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.  Originally, 1995, New York: W.H. Freeman.  Translations: Japanese, 1997; French 1998. 

Suffering Made Real: American Science and the Survivors at Hiroshima Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.  

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Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine