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"The Emperor’s New Genes: Science, Race, Policy, and the Allure of Objectivity"

Feb 5, 2016 12:00PM to 01:30PM
Robertson Hall
Bowl 001


Open to the Public
Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D., Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Co-sponsored by the Program in Global Health & Health Policy, Woodrow Wilson School and its Center for Health & Wellbeing, and the Department of Anthropology.

Global Health Colloquium

Ruha Benjamin is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and a Faculty Associate in the Program on History of Science. She specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and biotechnology; race-ethnicity and gender; health and biopolitics. She is the author of  People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier(link is external) (Stanford University Press 2013), which examines the tension between innovation and equity in the context of state investment in stem cell research and against the backdrop of medical experimentation on subordinate social groups. Her current project, Provincializing Science: Mapping and Marketing ‘Difference’ After the Genome, explores the uptake of genomics in South Africa, India, and the United States with a focus on how and why racial-ethnic and caste categories are incorporated in research on health disparities.  Benjamin received her  BA in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, MA and PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among others.  Benjamin is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45am
Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45am
Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45am

Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45am

For more information please visit: http://chw.princeton.edu/events/emperor%E2%80%99s-new-genes-science-race...