Sociology Graduate Students

Dennis Browe
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Science & Justice Research Center
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 138
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College

Biography, Education and Training


My work lies at the intersections of medical sociology, science & technology studies (STS), public health, sexuality and gender studies, and feminist theory. I studied philosophy and cultural anthropology at SUNY Binghamton (2007), and then went on to earn my MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University (2011). While at SF State, I was fortunate to work with the Health Equity Institute (2010-2015), where I worked on a large-scale HIV/AIDS community engagement project. Our goal was to connect organizations working with HIV+ clients in both San Francisco and Oakland and ultimately link our clients into sustained medical care.

From this work experience I realized that I want to continue working at the juncture of academic research and engaged public health. I am currently doing work with the Just Biomedicine research collective, run through the Science & Justice Research Center, where we are examining the major transformations in biomedicine and public health in the Bay Area over the past forty years. Specifically, we are following the recent and massive development of the UCSF Mission Bay campus and surrounding neighborhood, asking, from a public health and social justice perspective, what new forms of inequalities these developments might be entangled with.

I am also beginning to develop my dissertation project on how aging, as a process, is being understood through rapid advancements in biomedicine and biology, especially through the technologies of genome sequencing and cell mapping, and the growing field of epigenetics. I am examining questions that are variously philosophical and practical in nature, based on past and current rhetoric of clinicians and biologists: should aging be understood as a disease process in order that it can be combatted better? Can we increase longevity of the human lifespan? Should the goal of research into aging processes be simply longer human lives (for some), or healthier lives (for some) right up until the point of death? Can – and should – human immortality ever be achieved?

I am excited to serve as the graduate student researcher (GSR) for the Science & Justice Research Center for the 2019-20 academic year and look forward to continuing their tradition of placing importance on networking and building collaborations with new friends and colleagues across divisions, universities, and community projects.