people

Our people make the difference.

Director

Name Research Interests
Eric Vilain medical genetics; gender-based biology; genetic bases of sex determination and sexual orientation; molecular mechanisms responsible for intersexuality in humans; mechanisms of early gonadal development and brain sexual differentiation; psychological well-being of individuals born with disorders of sex development evilain@ucla.edu
Rolfe 1323
Gonda 6335

Vice Chair

Name Research Interests
Christina Palmer implications on genetic testing for deafness; examination of the inter-relationships among research methodologies/technologies, advocacy groups and perspectives on deafness and how they impact the lives of all individuals cpalmer@mednet.ucla.edu
Semel 47-422

Associate Director

Name Research Interests
Jessica Lynch Alfaro mating strategies; evolution of social behavior and social learning; phylogenetics and phylogeography; Neotropical primates; reproductive endocrinology; masculinity and violence; sex and gender in biological, social and developmental contexts jlynchalfaro@ucla.edu
(310) 206-1889
Rolfe 1321

Administrative Support

Name Title
Ana Wevill Chief Administrative Officer ana [at] socgen.ucla.edu
(310) 267-5471
Rolfe 1325
Rich Moushegian Student Affairs Officer rmousheg [at] socgen.ucla.edu
(310) 206-1890
Rolfe 1308
Danielle Shenise Administrative Assistant dshenise [at] socgen.ucla.edu
310-267-4990
Rolfe 1327
Amy Sun Administrative Analyst asun [at] socgen.ucla.edu
310-825-2127
Rolfe 1327
Feliza Estrada Student Assistant festrada@socgen.ucla.edu

Faculty

Name Research Interests
Michael Alfaro diversification and macroevolution; evolutionary morphology; theoretical phylogenetics; reef fish molecular systematics michaelalfaro@ucla.edu
Terasaki 2154
Patrick Allard
gene-environment interaction and its relevance to health and society
pallard@socgen.ucla.edu
Soraya de Chadarevian history of biology and medicine, nineteenth and twentieth century with special focus on history of molecular biology and genetics post-World War II; material cultures of experimentation, especially the role of technologies, images and models in the production and circulation of scientific knowledge; technoscience/medicine, industry and the state; science/medicine and the military; historiographical issues chadarevian@history.ucla.edu
(301) 267-4767
Rolfe 1319
Debra Greenfield law and emerging biotechnologies, including intellectual property and property law; privacy and human genetic material and information dgreenf@ucla.edu
Rolfe 1328
Wayne Grody diagnostic molecular pathology; human genetics; DNA-based testing for genetic, infectious and neoplastic diseases; quality assurance and ethical guidelines for DNA-based genetic testing; DNA fingerprinting wgrody@mednet.ucla.edu
Martie G. Haselton how evolution has shaped the social mind; human intimate relationships and sexuality, their endocrine foundations, and their links to outcomes with broad social relevance, including health. haselton@ucla.edu
Barbara Herman genetic privacy; concepts of property rights in the person; moral philosophy; medical law and ethics herman@humnet.ucla.edu
Christopher Kelty anthropological and historical research on science and technology; free and open source software; intellectual property and open access; politics of electronic voting; history of software; ethics and politics of nanotechnology ckelty@socgen.ucla.edu
(310) 267-4775
Rolfe 1315
Russell Korobkin health care law; stem cell law and policy korobkin@law.ucla.edu
Hannah Landecker social and historical study of biotechnology and life science from 1900-present; intersections of biology and technology, with a particular focus on cells; in vitro conditions of life in research settings landecker@soc.ucla.edu
(310) 825-5502
Rolfe 1316
Aaron Panofsky sociology of science and knowledge; social theory; cultural sociology; social change; the causes and consequences of controversy in behavior genetics; the impact of patient advocacy on medical genetics; how genetics affects different fields of knowledge; the relationship between expertise and democracy in decision making; governance of science apanofsky@socgen.ucla.edu
(310) 206-9362
Rolfe 1317
Joan Silk how natural selection shapes evolution of social behavior in primates; behavioral and reproductive strategies in Old World monkey species; questions that link studies of nonhuman primates to humans; phylogenic roots of capacities that relate to nonhuman and human societies jsilk@anthro.ucla.edu
Janet Sinsheimer human genetics; biomathematics and the application of statistical methodology in human genetic analysis; statistical methods related to maternal-fetal genotype incompatability; estimating ethnic ancestry from DNA data janet@mednet.ucla.edu
Stefan Timmermans ethnography; sociology of health and illness; science and technology of the body, death and dying; interpretive theories related to genetics; qualitative research methods stefan@soc.ucla.edu
Norton Wise
history of science, eighteenth to twentieth centuries; co-evolution of science and society; science and political economy; gardens as culture/economic projectors; the gendering of scientific ideas nortonw@history.ucla.edu

Visiting Scholars

Name Research Interests
Amisha Gadani Visiting Artist at both ISG and the Alfaro Lab agadani@ucla.edu
Rolfe 1326, Teresaki 2154
Sarah Blacker Visiting Graduate Researcher, University of Alberta, Canada sblacker@socgen.ucla.edu
Andrew Lackoff Visiting Associate Professor, University of Southern California andrewlakoff@gmail.com
Raphaël Albospeyre Thibeau Visiting Graduate Researcher, EHESS at.raphael @ orange.fr

Postdoctoral Fellows

Apply to Postdoctoral Program

Name Research Interests
Nathan Ha history of biology and medicine, especially genetics in the twentieth century; gender and sexuality studies; scientific constructions of sexual and racial differences; public understanding of science; US cultural history nathanha@socgen.ucla.edu
Rolfe 1326
Martine Lappé sociology of health and illness; science and technology studies; autism; gender and embodiment; risk; feminist theory; qualitative methods mlappe@socgen.ucla.edu
Rolfe 1328
Daniela Parodi post-doctoral fellow in the Allard Laboratory danielaparodi@ucla.edu

Graduate Student Fellows

Apply to Graduate Program

Name Research Interests
Lindsey Chambers morality of procreation kchambers@humnet.ucla.edu
363 Dodd
Lianna Hart qualitative methods; health care and illness; mental health; gender; families; disabilities liannahart@ucla.edu
Marc Johnston multiraciality in higher education marcjohnst@ucla.edu

Associates

Name Department
Hal Ackerman Theater, Film and Television hack@tft.ucla.edu
Stefan Bargheer Sociology bargheer@soc.ucla.edu
Clark Barrett Anthropology barrett@anthro.ucla.edu
Patrick Boudreault Deaf Studies pboudreault@usfca.edu
Dan Blumstein Ecology and Evolutionary Biology marmots@ucla.edu
Joel Braslow Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences jbraslow@ucla.edu
Elizabeth Bromley Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences ebromley@mednet.ucla.edu
Carole Browner Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences browner@ucla.edu
Allison Carruth English acarruth@humnet.ucla.edu
Steven Clarke Chemistry and Biochemistry clarke@mbi.ucla.edu
Christopher Colwell School of Medicine ccolwell@mednet.ucla.edu
JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez Public Affairs jdamron@ucla.edu
Naghmeh Dorrani School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics NDorrani@mednet.ucla.edu
Dan Fessler Anthropology dfessler@anthro.ucla.edu
Michelle Fox School of Medicine, Pediatrics + Pediatric Genetics mfox@mednet.ucla.edu
Tony Friscia UEI; Integrative Biology and Physiology tonyf@ucla.edu
Patrick Geary History geary@ias.edu
Jim Gimzewski Chemistry and Nanotechnology gim@chem.ucla.edu
Myrna Hant Center for the Study of Women myrnahant@aol.com
Steve Hubbell Ecology and Evolutionary Biology shubbell@eeb.ucla.edu
Lejla Kucukalic English lekius@humnet.ucla.edu
Rachel Lee Center for the Study of Women rlee@women.ucla.edu
Neil Malamuth Communication Studies; Psychology nmalamut@ucla.edu
Ariadna Martinez Jules Stein Eye Institute amartinez@jsei.ucla.edu
Edward R.B. McCabe University of Colorado at Denver edward.mccabe@ucdenver.edu
Linda McCabe University of Colorado at Denver linda.mccabe@ucdenver.edu
Kyle McJunkin Undergraduate Education kmcjunkin@college.ucla.edu
Marcia Meldrum History meldrum@history.ucla.edu
Jennifer Mnookin Law mnookin@law.ucla.edu
Peter Nonacs Ecology and Evolutionary Biology pnonacs@biology.lifesci.ucla.edu
John Novembre Ecology and Evolutionary Biology jnovembre@ucla.edu
Kathy O’Byrne UCLA Center for Community Learning kobyrne [a] college.ucla.edu
Elinor Ochs Anthropology eochs@anthro.ucla.edu
María José Martínez Patiño  Sports Sciences mariajosemartinezpatino@gmail.com
Matteo Pellegrini Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology matteop@mcdb.ucla.edu
Mark Peterson Public Policy; Political Science markap@ucla.edu
Ted Porter History tporter@history.ucla.edu
Brooke Scelza Anthropology bscelza@anthro.ucla.edu
Barney Schlinger Integrative Biology and Physiology, EEB schlinge@lifesci.ucla.edu
Seana Shiffrin Philosophy; Law shiffrin@law.ucla.edu
Erica Silver Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center esilver@mednet.ucla.edu
Victoria Sork Ecology and Evolutionary Biology vlsork@ucla.edu
Annette Stanton Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences astanton@ucla.edu
Charles Taylor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology taylor@biology.ucla.edu
Victoria Vesna Design and Media Arts vv@ucla.edu
Robert Wayne Ecology and Evolutionary Biology rwayne@biology.ucla.edu
Alice Wexler Center for the Study of Women arwexler@ucla.edu
Juliet Williams Gender Studies jawilliams@gender.ucla.edu
Lynne Zucker Sociology; Public Policy lynne.g.zucker@gmail.com

Alumni

Name Research Interests
Olivia Banner race in a postracial/postgenomic era; cultural interrogations of genetic discourses of race, sex, sexuality, and disability; virus narrative olivia.banner@rice.edu
Ruha Benjamin science, medicine & biotechnology; history and social studies of racial & gender taxonomies; science policy, public health, and critical social theory ruha@bu.edu
Mara Buchbinder anthropology of biomedicine; clinical communication and the physician-patient relationship; families, health, and illness; language, narrative, and healing; science and technology studies; and more mara_buchbinder@med.unc.edu
Chris Conway role of molecular genetic research in shaping the classification of mental disorders; and more
Gabriela Cybis stochastic models for evolutionary processes, viral evolution, cancer dynamics gcybis@yahoo.com
Carrie Friese emergent relationships produced at the interface of reproductive and genetic science and society c.friese@lse.ac.uk
Bradley Fidler information technology and psychiatric drug markets  fidler [at] ucla.edu
Laura Foster patent law and indigenous communities; tangible versus intangible intellectual property fosterl@indiana.edu
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook cognitive, evolutionary, and health psychology; the role of hormones in shaping maternal psychology and behavior hahnholb@chapman.edu
Karen Kapheim evolutionary genomics and behavioral ecology of social plasticity in bees kapheimk@illinois.edu
Anja Karnein contemporary political theory and philosophy, history of political thought (early modern and 19th/20th century), theories of (intergenerational) justice, freedom, and democrarcy as well as bioethics karnein[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de
Matthew Keller testing evolutionary hypotheses using human genetic data, and modeling and simulating genetically informative designs that better enable us to understand the causes of human differences matthew.c.keller@colorado.edu
Brent Kious biomedical ethics, ethics of biomedical enhancements to athletic performance
James Li independent and interactive effects of genetic and environmental risk factors in the etiology of childhood psychological disorders; differential susceptibility and genetic plasticity; and more jamesjli@ucla.edu
John Marshall genetic engineering, malaria, mathematical biology, population genetics, global health, mosquito control, biosafety john.marshall@imperial.ac.uk
Lisa Onaga history of biology; history of science and technology in East Asia from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century, especially genetic and agricultural experimentation in Japan; and more lonaga@ntu.edu.sg
Shobita Parthasarathy comparative and international politics of genetics and biotechnology; the politics of the patent system; regulation of genetic medicine; the governance of geoengineering; and more shobita@umich.edu
Suzanne Pelka individual and couples’ sex therapysexual addiction treatmentsexual anorexia treatmentmale sexual dysfunctionsfemale sexual dysfunctionserectile dysfunction, and more info@drpelka.com
Tage Rai social-relational motives and cognitive constraints that drive our moral actions across cultures tage.rai@gmail.com
Francisco Sanchez biological basis for sex differences; sexual development; human sexuality; translational science; counseling psychology fsanchez3@wisc.edu
Sharlene Santana evolution of morphology, performance and behavior; diversification; bats, primates and other mammals; tropical ecology; genetic basis of behavioral and morphological traits; biomechanics ssantana@uw.edu
Jennifer Smith evolutionary origins of cooperation; causes and consequences of maternal effects; social decision-making in mammals; reproductive endocrinology; and more jesmith@mills.edu
Lindsay Smith genetic technologies as part of international reconstruction and repair initiatives; medical anthropology; social anthropology; large scale DNA databanking; human rights and DNA lasmith@socgen.ucla.edu
Ingrid Steinberg the ethics of childhood, children’s rights, paternalism, moral development, and personal identity steinberg@humnet.ucla.edu
Elani Streja genetics of inflammatory markers and the development of cerebral palsy in a Denmark cohort; racial paradoxes in survival of chronic kidney disease elani@ucla.edu
Krishna Veeramath human (with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan African populations) and primate population genetics evolutionary medicine,pharmacogenetics and the genetics of childhood neurological disorder veeramah@email.arizona.edu
Rachael Willhite gender differences in the psychosis prodrome rwillhite@ucla.edu