Professor & Chair

Janice and Julian Bers Professor of History and Sociology of Science

Department Chair, 2017-2018

364 Claudia Cohen Hall
By appt.

Phone

215-898-2271

Education

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.S., Cornell University
B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Genetics and genomics
Cold War science
Warfare and science

Selected Work

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.

"Patrons of the Human Experience: A History of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 1941-2016," co-authored with Joanna Radin.  Current Anthropology Vol. 57, Supplement 14 (October 2016): S218-S301. [article pdf attached below]

“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.   

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.  

Teaching Fields

American science
history of genetics
gender and science
science and popular culture
science and war

Attachment

Faculty Bookshelf