Sociology Faculty

James Doucet-Battle
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Science & Justice Research Center, Anthropology Department, John R. Lewis College, Global & Community Health
  • Phone
  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 325
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Science and Technology, Anthropology, African Diaspora, Sociology of Development, Genomics
  • Courses SOCY 121 Sociology of Health and Medicine; SOCY 132 Sociology of Science and Technology; SOCY 127P Sociology of Drugs, Botanicals, and Pharmaceuticals

Research Interests

Health disparities, race, and medicine; power, subject-making, and citizenship; ethnography, political economy, grounded theory: diasporic and transnational Africa.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley/University San Francisco, 2012

Selected Publications


Sweetness in the Blood: Race, Risk, and Type 2 Diabetes (U Minn Press, March 2021)


Journal Articles 


2021   "The Case of Sparkle Rai: A Violent Patriarchal Narrative of Conspiratorial Kinship and Race." Feminist Anthropology 2(2): 271-283.


2018    “Ennobling the Neanderthal: Racialized Texts and Genomic Admixture.” 

Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies Vol. 5(1): 61-67.


2016    “Bioethical Matriarchy: Race, Gender, and the Gift in Genomic Research” Special Issue: "Nothing/More: Black Studies and Feminist Technoscience" Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 2(2): 1-28.


2016    “Sweet Salvation: One Black Church, Diabetes Outreach, and Trust” Transforming Anthropology 24(2): 125-135.


2007    “Race and Anthropology, Race in Anthropology: From Race to Ancestry, Gene to Genotype.” Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers Vol. 95: 1-6.