M. Susan Lindee

M. Susan Lindee
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
(215) 898-2271
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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: 

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

“Crazy Quilt: Cloning Collaborations.” Forthcoming, 2008, Science as Culture.

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

“Experimental wounds,” in William LaFleur, Gerhot Bohme and Susumu Shmazono, Dark Medicine: Rationalizing unethical medical research in Japan, Germany and the United States. Indiana University Press, 2007. Published in German as Fragwurdige Medizin (2008).

“Censoring Science,” in Evan Gerstmann and Matthew Streb, eds., Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments and Culture Wars Affect Free Speech.Stanford University Press, 2006.

Suffering Made Real: American Science and the Survivors at Hiroshima. University of Chicago Press, 1994. Translations, Japanese 2005.

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Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine