Interview with Alondra Nelson: Race + Gender + Technology + Medicine

Dr. Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson
Photo by Eileen Barroso

Dr. Alondra Nelson studies gender and black studies at the intersection of science, technology, and medicine. She is the author of numerous articles, including, “Bio Science: Genetic Genealogy Testing and the Pursuit of African Ancestry,” as well as Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and the forthcoming The Social Life of DNA. We talked to her in the Trustees’ Room at Columbia University where she is professor of sociology and gender studies and the Dean of Social Science.

JSTOR Citations

Bio Science: Genetic Genealogy Testing and the Pursuit of African Ancestry

By: Alondra Nelson

Social Studies of Science, Vol. 38, No. 5, Race, Genomics, and Biomedicine (Oct., 2008), pp. 759-783

Sage Publications, Inc.

Jamie Courville

Jamie Courville has spent the last fifteen years working with some aspect of storytelling. She has worn many hats in the film business: she's done continuity for the Muppets, edited video art and documentaries, and founded a video collective. These days, she likes to record the voices and faces of people who are seldom heard. Jamie created the acclaimed Squirrels Stories series of audio documentaries, which features short portraits of individuals affected by cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and is currently working on a documentary about changes happening to Gowanus, Brooklyn called Gowanus Current.

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