Jennifer E Reardon

Director, Science & Justice Research Center
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department,
Science & Justice Research Center
AffiliationsHistory of Consciousness Department,
Feminist Studies Department,
Biomolecular Science & Engineering
Phone831-459-1645 (office),
831-459-3516 (message)
Web Site Science & Justice Research Center
Genomics Institute
OfficeRachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 323
Office HoursTuesdays 9:30-10:30 and Wednesdays 10-12; and by appointment
Campus Mail StopCollege Eight Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Jennifer E Reardon

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 professor of Sociology and faculty affiliate in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. She founded and directs the Science and Justice Research Center at UCSC. She is the author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (Princeton University Press, 2005) and is currently working on a second book manuscript entitled The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome (forthcoming with Chicago University Press).

Honors, Awards and Grants


  • 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.

Selected Publications


Contributions to Books

Journal Articles

Popular Press

Selected Presentations

Public Lecture or Forum Participation

  • 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 Taught

SOCY 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