Director, Science & Justice Research Center
|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Department||Sociology Department, |
Science & Justice Research Center
|Affiliations||History of Consciousness Department, |
Feminist Studies Department,
Biomolecular Science & Engineering
|Phone||831-459-1645 (office), |
|Web Site|| Science & Justice Research Center|
|Office||Rachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 323|
|Office Hours||Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 and Wednesdays 10-12; and by appointment|
|Campus Mail Stop||Rachel Carson College Faculty Services|
|1156 High Street|
Santa Cruz, CA
Biography, Education and Training
2002 - Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
1993 - B.A., Political Science and B.S. in Biology, University of Kansas
Jenny Reardon is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research draws into focus questions about identity, justice and democracy that are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices, particularly in modern genomic research. Her training spans molecular biology, the history of biology, science studies, feminist and critical race studies, and the sociology of science, technology and medicine. She is the author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome (Chicago University Press, Fall 2017). She has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from, among others, the National Science Foundation, the Max Planck Institute, the Humboldt Foundation, the London School of Economics, the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and the United States Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Honors, Awards and Grants
- 2017. Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award.
- Fall 2015 Residency at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.
- Present-2012. Visiting Professor for the Department of Social Sciences, Health and Medicine at King's College London.
- 2014. Residency at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.
- 2013. Brocher Foundation Residency in Geneva, Switzerland.
- 2010-2012. Visiting Fellow: Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine and Biotechnology, at the London School of Economics.
- 2015-2017. National Science Foundation Award: “SEES Fellows: Understanding Resilience in a Complex Coupled Human-Natural System: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Information and Community-Based Action Research," $520,412.
- 2015-2016. University of California Office of the President Award: “UC North Bioethics Collaboratory for Life & Health Sciences,” $298,289.
- 2014-2016. National Science Foundation Award: “Open Data/Private Persons: Forging a New Social Contract for Biomedicine in an Age of Genomics and Big Data,” $25,00.
- 2009-2013. National Science Foundation Award: “Ethics and Justice in Science and Engineering Training Program,” $300,000 plus a $15,000 supplement awarded in 2011.
- 2017. The Post Genomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome. Chicago University Press.
- 2005. Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics. Princeton University.
Contributions to Books
- 2011. “Human Population Genomics and the Dilemma of Difference,” in Reframing Rights: The Constitutional Implications of Technological Change. MIT Press.
- 2008. “Race Without Salvation: Beyond the Science/Society Divide in Genomic Studies of Human Differences,” in Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age. Rutgers University Press
- 2006. "Creating Participatory Subjects: Race, Science and Democracy in a Genomic Age," in The New Political Sociology of Science: Institutions, Networks, and Power. University of Wisconsin Press.
- 2015. "Science and Justice: The Trouble and The Promise." Catalyst. Co-authored with J. Metcalf, M. Kenney, and K. Barad.
- 2013. Science and Justice Research Center Collaborations Group. "Experiments in Collaboration: Interdisciplinary Graduate Education in Science and Justice." PLoS Biology.
- 2013. “Indigenous Body Parts, Mutating Temporalities, and the Half-Lives of Postcolonial Technoscience.” Social Studies of Science. Co-authored with E. Kowal and J. Radin.
- 2013. “On the Emergence of Science and Justice.” Science, Technology and Human Values.
- 2012. “‘Your DNA is Our History’: Genomics, Anthropology, and the Construction of Whiteness as Property.” Current Anthropology. Co-authored with K. Tallbear.
- 2011. "The 'Persons' and 'Genomics' of Personal Genomics." Personalized Medicine.
- 2013. "Should Patients Understand They Are Research Subjects." SF Gate.
Public Lecture or Forum Participation
- 2017. “Science and Justice After Truth: A View from Kansas.” Seeing Systems at the University of Illionoi, Urbana-Champaign.
- 2015. “Commentary.” Invisible Labor Workshop, at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, in Berlin, Germany.
- 2015. “The Genomic Open: Historiographic Considerations,” at The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Rockville, Maryland
- 2015. “For Whom the Genome Tolls: Race, Genomics and Justice in the American South at the Turn of the Millennium,” at the University of Pennsylvania Program on Race, Science and Society.
Papers Presented at Professional Meetings
- 2012. "On the Emergence of Genomics and Justice," presented at the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- 2012. Moderator: Genomics Gets Personal Panel, at the University of California - San Francisco.
- 2009. “Finding Oprah’s Roots, Losing the World: At the Limits of Genomic Liberalism,” presented at the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, in Washington D.C.
- 2010. Member of Presidential Session on Intellectual Convergence: Sociology & Interdisciplinarity, at The Pacific Sociological Association.
- 2010. "The Postgenomic Condition," at the Science and Democracy Network Meeting, Kavli Royal Society International Centre in Chicheley Hall, UK.
Courses TaughtSOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society
SOCY 268A Science and Justice Experiments in Collaboration
SOCY 260 Culture, Knowledge, Power
SOCY 121 Sociology of Health and Medicine
SOCY 132 Sociology of Science and Technology