Sociology Faculty

Jenny Reardon
  • Title
    • Professor
    • 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), 831-459-3516 (message)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 323
    • Engineering 2, room 523
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 1:30-3:30; and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Science and Technology, History of Science, New Media, Genomics
  • Courses 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

Summary of Expertise

Science and Technology; Race, Gender, Sexuality and Difference; History of Science and Technology; New Media; Cultural and Social Theory; Big Data; Genomics

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.

Selected Publications


Contributions to Books

Journal Articles

Popular Press

Selected Presentations

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.