Our people make the difference.


Name Research Interests
Hannah Landecker, Director 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
Life Sciences Building 3313
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
Gonda 6335
Christina Palmer, Vice Chair of Academic Personnel 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
Semel 47-422
Aaron Panofsky, Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education 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
(310) 206-9362
Life Sciences Building 3323D

Administrative Support

Name Title
Ana Wevill Chief Administrative Officer
(310) 267-5471
Life Sciences Building 3360A
Cyndi Tando Student Affairs Officer
(310) 206-1890
Life Sciences Building 3360C
Anna Avila Administrative Analyst
(310) 825-2127
Life Sciences Building 3360D
Danielle Shenise Administrative Assistant
(310) 267-4990
Life Sciences Building 3360B


Name Research Interests
Michael Alfaro diversification and macroevolution; evolutionary morphology; theoretical phylogenetics; reef fish molecular systematics
Terasaki 2154
Patrick Allard
gene-environment interaction and its relevance to health and society
Allison Carruth American literature; contemporary fiction; new media art; art-science collaboration; the interplay of food cultures, bioscience and environmental movements; the infrastructure and rhetoric of digital culture.
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
(301) 267-4767
Life Sciences Building 3323C
Debra Greenfield law and emerging biotechnologies, including intellectual property and property law; privacy and human genetic material and information
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
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.
Barbara Herman genetic privacy; concepts of property rights in the person; moral philosophy; medical law and ethics
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
(310) 267-4775
Rolfe 3318
Russell Korobkin health care law; stem cell law and policy
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
(310) 206-1889
Life Sciences Building 3323E
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
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
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

Faculty Emeritus

Name Research Interests
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


Name Research Interests
Mi Kyung Kim Medical and psychological anthropology; health and healing traditions; body and embodiment
Michelle Rensel behavioral endocrinology; neuroendocrinology; avian physiology; behavioral ecology; avian cognition; ornithology


Name Research Interests

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Name Research Interests
Joan Donovan social movements, classical and contemporary theory, comparative historical methods, digital ethnography, sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies, medical sociology, qualitative methods, and social inequalities.
Erik Gjesfjeld archaeology; modeling cultural evolution; human behavioral ecology; phylogenetic and network methods; human history and genetics; colonization and settlement of remote and extreme environments; impact of natural disasters on island and coastal populations
Nadine Levin anthropology of the contemporary life sciences (metabolomics, the microbiome, nutrition science); science and technology studies (STS); the intersections between data, metabolism, and health in biomedicine; open science (including open access and open data) and intellectual property


Name Department
Hal Ackerman Theater, Film and Television
Stefan Bargheer Sociology
Clark Barrett Anthropology
Patrick Boudreault Deaf Studies
Dan Blumstein Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Joel Braslow Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Elizabeth Bromley Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Carole Browner Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Steven Clarke Chemistry and Biochemistry
Christopher Colwell School of Medicine
JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez Public Affairs
Naghmeh Dorrani School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics
Dan Fessler Anthropology
Michelle Fox School of Medicine, Pediatrics + Pediatric Genetics
Tony Friscia UEI; Integrative Biology and Physiology
Patrick Geary History
Jim Gimzewski Chemistry and Nanotechnology
Myrna Hant Center for the Study of Women
Steve Hubbell Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Rachel Lee Center for the Study of Women
Neil Malamuth Communication Studies; Psychology
Joseph Manson Anthropology
Ariadna Martinez Jules Stein Eye Institute
Edward R.B. McCabe University of Colorado at Denver
Linda McCabe University of Colorado at Denver
Kyle McJunkin Undergraduate Education
Marcia Meldrum History
Daniel Morrison Pepperdine University
Jennifer Mnookin Law
Peter Nonacs Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
John Novembre Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kathy O’Byrne UCLA Center for Community Learning
Elinor Ochs Anthropology
María José Martínez Patiño  Sports Sciences
Matteo Pellegrini Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Susan Perry Anthropology
Mark Peterson Public Policy; Political Science
Ted Porter History
Brooke Scelza Anthropology
Barney Schlinger Integrative Biology and Physiology, EEB
Seana Shiffrin Philosophy; Law
Erica Silver Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Victoria Sork Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Annette Stanton Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Charles Taylor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Victoria Vesna Design and Media Arts
Robert Wayne Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Alice Wexler Center for the Study of Women
Juliet Williams Gender Studies
Lynne Zucker Sociology; Public Policy


Name Research Interests
Olivia Banner race in a postracial/postgenomic era; cultural interrogations of genetic discourses of race, sex, sexuality, and disability; virus narrative
Ruha Benjamin science, medicine & biotechnology; history and social studies of racial & gender taxonomies; science policy, public health, and critical social theory
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
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
Carrie Friese emergent relationships produced at the interface of reproductive and genetic science and society
Bradley Fidler information technology and psychiatric drug markets
Laura Foster patent law and indigenous communities; tangible versus intangible intellectual property
Amisha Gadani artist; science illustration
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
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook cognitive, evolutionary, and health psychology; the role of hormones in shaping maternal psychology and behavior
Lianna Hart qualitative methods; health care and illness; mental health; gender; families; disabilities
Karen Kapheim evolutionary genomics and behavioral ecology of social plasticity in bees
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
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
Brent Kious biomedical ethics, ethics of biomedical enhancements to athletic performance
Martine Lappé sociology of health and illness; science and technology studies; autism; gender and embodiment; risk; feminist theory; qualitative methods
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
John Marshall genetic engineering, malaria, mathematical biology, population genetics, global health, mosquito control, biosafety
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
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
Suzanne Pelka individual and couples’ sex therapysexual addiction treatmentsexual anorexia treatmentmale sexual dysfunctionsfemale sexual dysfunctionserectile dysfunction, and more
Tage Rai social-relational motives and cognitive constraints that drive our moral actions across cultures
Francisco Sanchez biological basis for sex differences; sexual development; human sexuality; translational science; counseling psychology
Sharlene Santana evolution of morphology, performance and behavior; diversification; bats, primates and other mammals; tropical ecology; genetic basis of behavioral and morphological traits; biomechanics
Jennifer Smith evolutionary origins of cooperation; causes and consequences of maternal effects; social decision-making in mammals; reproductive endocrinology; and more
Lindsay Smith genetic technologies as part of international reconstruction and repair initiatives; medical anthropology; social anthropology; large scale DNA databanking; human rights and DNA
Ingrid Steinberg the ethics of childhood, children’s rights, paternalism, moral development, and personal identity
Elani Streja genetics of inflammatory markers and the development of cerebral palsy in a Denmark cohort; racial paradoxes in survival of chronic kidney disease
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
Rachael Willhite gender differences in the psychosis prodrome