Professor Stephen Hilgartner studies the social dimensions and politics of contemporary and emerging science and technology, especially in the life sciences. His research focuses on situations in which scientific knowledge is implicated in establishing, contesting, and maintaining social order–a theme he has examined in studies of expertise, property formation, risk disputes, and biotechnology. His book on science advice, Science on Stage: Expert Advice as Public Drama, won the 2002 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science.
Sahra Gibbon’s research has focused on examining the social and cultural dimensions of developments in the field of medicine described as ‘breast cancer genetics’. My doctoral research was based in the UK looking at the interface between gendered cultures of breast cancer activism and the translation of knowledge and technologies associated with two inherited susceptibility genes discovered in the 1990s – BRCA 1 and BRCA2. She has since then continued her research in the area of BRCA genetics and breast cancer exploring the changing and dynamic relationship between ‘publics’ and ‘scientists’ in an era of (post)genomic medicine in the comparative cultural context of Cuba and more recently Brazil.
Barbara Prainsack is a political scientist by background. Her main research interest lies in the ways in which science and regulation constitute each other, and how this process is related to individual and collective identities. Barbara explores these questions by looking at the use of ‘biomarkers’, both in medical and forensic contexts. In the medical realm, her current work focuses on the emergence of personalised medicine and the ‘participatory turn’ in generating, analysing, and interpreting data. In the realm of forensics she is interested in the impact of forensic technologies on attitudes and strategies of prisoners; the societal and regulatory dimensions of forensic bioinformation exchange, and the increasing convergence between biomarkers used in forensic and medical practices.
Janelle Lamoreaux’s research focuses on science, technology and medicine with an emphasis on reproduction, kinship, and gender. As a recent graduate of the University of California and San Francisco’s Joint Program in Medical Anthropology, her dissertation investigates the relationship between reproductive and environmental health in China, especially as it relates to epigenetic research on male infertility. Through sperm and studies of sperm-environment interaction, Janelle’s dissertation and forthcoming book manuscript attempt to understand the biosocial impacts of rapid social change in China. Janelle’s future research will explore historical and social change in China through reproductive and genetic technologies, including IVF.