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Catherine Bliss

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Race and Science Studies

Catherine Bliss (PhD New School for Social Research) is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities in Africana Studies and the Committee on Science and Technology Studies, 2009-2011. Her research examines the construction and naturalization of racial categories in modern science, with a focus on the fields of biology and medicine. She is the author of The New Science of Race: Science Activism in Genomics (forthcoming, Stanford University Press). This books looks at the ways genomic scientists think with and about race.

Selected Publications:

  • The New Science of Race: Science Activism in Genomics (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).
  • “Census, Race, and Genomics.” in Anthropology News, May 2010."
  • Genome Sampling and the Biopolitics of Race" in A Foucault for the 21st Century: Govering Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium Eds. Binkley, Samuel and Jorge Capetillo. Boston, MA: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009..
  • "Mapping Admixture by Race" in International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society 4:79-83, 2008.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Francis Wayland Collegium Grant, 2010-2011.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2009-2011.
  • Alfred Schutz Memorial Award in Philosophy and Sociology, 2009.
  • New School for Social Research Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008.
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2006-2007.
  • New School for Social Research University Teaching Fellowship, 2006-2007.

Courses Taught

  • The New Science of Race: Racial Biomedicine in the 21st Century
  • Biomedicalization: The Body as a Social Problem
  • Senior Seminar in Science and Society