COVID-19 Pandemicene Zine

Students in Director Jenny Reardon’s undergraduate independent study seminar, SOCY 194: Living and Learning in a Pandemic: The Sociology of COVID-19, have co-created a zine based on everyone’s unique quarantine experiences and interests in understanding local responses to the pandemic!

Full design credit and our special thanks go to Kathia Damian (Literature)!


COVID-19 Blogs

Here, four students in our internship which ran parallel to the course, share their series of blog posts, which each focus on a different issue and angle concerning COVID-19. Initial posts were posted on May 13, 2020, with further posts in the series to come.

Maryam Nazir – Bioethics and Equity-Based Frameworks Amidst a Pandemic; Reconciling the Irreconcilable Disparities in the Healthcare Industry

Kathia Damian – Privacy During a Pandemic: Digital Contact Tracing and Technosolutionism; Exposure Notifications, Digital Contact Tracing, and the Burden of Responsibility

Teresa (Tee) Wicks – The Global Medical Supply Chain, Neoliberalism, and COVID-19; Pharmaceuticals, a Vaccine for COVID-19, and Questions of Equitable Access; An Intersectional Narrative of Two Epidemics

Isa Ansari – COVID-19 Conversations with Dr. Kim TallBear and Dr. Jessica Kolopenuk; Re-Worlding in the time of COVID with Mesiah and Little Wind


Additional Pandemicene Project Information

Find more information on the COVID-19 Pandemicene’s project page.

The SJRC has a robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners leading the way with collecting resources for teaching about COVID-19, writing open response letters, and calls to action, and organizing and participating in online events.

April 24, 2020 | Theorizing Race After Race

Friday, April 24, 2020

2:30-3:30 PM

Join Science & Justice scholars for an open discussion of Theorizing Race After Race!

At this session, we’ll read and think with Alondra Nelson’s, “Society after Pandemic”: (Links to an external site.), and Ruha Benjamin’s, “Black Skin, White Masks: Racism, Vulnerability & Refuting Black Pathology”: We’ll also discuss a collective writing project.

Contact Camilla Hawthorne ( for the Zoom link.

More information on the cluster can be found at:

The Pandemicene Project: Re-Worlding Toward Justice

How do we create knowledge that orients us towards justice at this critical historical juncture, in the middle of a viral pandemic, and a pandemic of social inequality and racial discrimination that has sparked global unrest? The Pandemicene Project, as announced, begins from the premise that creating trust-worthy knowledge that can foster a more just world requires attending to both COVID-19 pandemic and the deep inequalities and fissures in the polity that this pandemic has laid bare. It also requires attending both to what is going on locally (e.g., from the shelter-in-place locations of our students), while drawing on the power and insights of global networks. In this project, UCSC faculty, graduate students and undergraduates will work together to interview members of their communities and the Science and Justice network about scholarly and activist responses to this critical historical moment.  The project will produce a podcast series for our local radio station (KZSC), and expand the blog series on the SJRC website. Ultimately, through engaging our communities—both locally and globally—we aim to produce knowledge that can help all of us – scholars and scientists, students and activists – imagine and enact just futures both in our home state of California and in our communities worldwide.

The SJRC has a robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners leading the way with collecting resources for teaching about COVID-19, writing open response lettersdeveloping news items, and calls to action, and organizing and participating in online events.

The SJRC will focus current research projects on the following emerging areas in the context of COVID-19:

  • Re-Worlding: Living and Learning Alone Together in the Pandemicene
  • Community, Civil Society and Social Justice Responses to COVID-19
  • Just Biomedicine in an Age of COVID-19:  How Can Researchers (Public Health, Genomics, Virologists, Bioethicists) Collaborate in New Ways?
  • The Challenges of Knowing and Responding in the Age of No Data and Mis-information
  • The Crisis of Public Health in Infrastructures of Care and Incarceration

Read more on these developing areas of concern in the campus news article, “Discrimination, governance, and trust in the age of COVID-19”, featuring SJRC Founding Director Jenny Reardon; in the special issue of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers featuring S&J Advisor and Politics Professor Matt Sparke’s article, “Contextualizing Coronavirus Geographically,” provides additional articles and perspectives on the pandemic; and in the Daily Beast Interview, featuring James Doucet-Battle, assistant professor of sociology and interim director of SJRC on the glaring race problems COVID-19 vaccine trials have.

If you would like to take part in or contribute to this project, email Jenny Reardon ( and/or Colleen Stone (


Jenny Reardon (Sociology)

Graduate Researchers

Dennis Browe (Sociology)

Paloma Medina (Biomolecular Engineering)

Lucia Vitale (Politics)

Undergraduate Researchers

Kathia Damian (Literature)

Gina Barba (Community Studies)

Isa Ansari (Sociology)

Maryam Nazir (Philosophy)

COVID-19: Online Events

Image credit: CDC/Alissa Eckert; Dan Higgins

The SJRC has a robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners leading the way with collecting resources for teaching about COVID-19, writing open response letters and calls for action, and organizing and participating in online events.


Help Spread the Word of These Online Events

July 23, 2020 | 5:30pm | Kraw Lecture: COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing with Jeremy Sanford, Olena Vaska, and Michael Stone (registration)

July 17, 2020 | 5:30pm | UCSC University Forum: The Lessons of COVID for Global and Community Health with Nancy Chen and Matt Sparke (registration)

C-Span | State and Federal Covid-19 Briefings and Legislative Deliberation | (schedule)

Archived Events

June 22, 2020 | University Forum: Solidarity Economics for the Coronavirus Crisis & Beyond with Chris Benner (recording)

June 17, 2020 | The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce | Health Care Inequality: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 and the Health Care System (recording)

May 28, 2020 | American Medical Association (AMA) | Prioritizing Equity: The Root Cause (recording)

May 27, 2020 |UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation | The Coronavirus Crisis and Social Change: Flash Talks on Social and Economic Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic | Moderated by Dean Katharyne Mitchell (registration)

May 26, 2020 | UC San Diego Health | Lessons Learned: Ramping Up Telehealth Services During COVID-19 | Presented by Lawrence Friedman, Kristian Kidholm, Micaela Monteiro, and Lisa Moore (recording)

May 22, 2020 | UC Santa Cruz Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | COVID-19: The Scientific Basis for What We Know and the Exit Strategy it Provides | Hosted by Infectious Disease Expert Marm Kilpatrick (recording)

May 14, 2020 | UC Santa Cruz  Institute for Social Transformation and UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative| Webinar: Health Care Access, Service Delivery, and Youth Civic Engagement in the Central Valley during the COVID-19 Pandemic (recording)

May 8 – 9, 2020 | Princeton University| Pandemic, Creating a Usable Past: Epidemic History, COVID-19, and the Future of Health. | Sponsored by the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) with support from Princeton University, Department of History (recording)

May 6, 2020 | UC Santa Cruz COVID-19 Team | Guy Kawaski’s Fireside Chat With UCSC Coronavirus Team | Presented by Guy Kawasaki, David Haussler, Rebecca DuBois, John MacMillan, Jeremy Sanford | Supported by UCSC’s Genomics Institute (podcast recording)

May 6, 2020 | UCSC Right Livelihood College | Water Justice in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond | Presented by Maude Barlow (Canada), Robert Bilott (USA), and Andy Szasz (USA, moderator) (recording)

April 29, 2020 | UCSC Right Livelihood College | Women in Global Health – COVID spotlight on major challenges with Laureates Monika Hauser (Germany), Sima Samar (Afghanistan), Evan Zillén (Sweden). Moderated by Professor Nancy Chen (UCSC, Anthropology) (recording)

April 28, 2020 | UC Santa Cruz Kraw Lecture Series | Viruses & Vaccines with Rebecca DuBois (recording)

April 28, 2020 | Duke University | COVID-19 Seminar #1 with Professor Priscilla Wald on the Outbreak Narrative and Why We Need to Change the Story | Co-hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institue for Citizenship & Globalisation (ADI) and the Science and Society Network (SSN)

April 24, 2020 | Virginia Tech STS Program | STS Approaches to COVID-19: A Roundtable Discussion | (recording)

April 24, 2020 | UC Berkeley | Straight Talk: A Conversation about Racism, Health Inequities, and COVID-19 (recording)

April 20, 2020 | UNESCO | Inclusion in the time of COVID-19: International webinar addressing racism, discrimination and exclusion [we will look for a link to the recording]

April 16, 2020 | UC Davis DHI | The Geopolitics of COVID-19: Mike Davis in Conversation with Joshua Clover (recording)

April 15, 2020 | Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Harvard | Epidemics and African American Communities Series: from 1792 to the Present | recordings: April 15 part 1, April 21 part 2, April 23 part 3, May 6 part 4

April 7, 2020 | Global Views on COVID 19: Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia | (registration)

April 1, 2020 | Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw |  Age Against the Machine: The Fatal Intersection of Racism & Ageism In the Time of Coronavirus (recording)

April 1, 2020 | The National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association| The Science of Social Distancing, Part 2 (recording)

March 25, 2020 | Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw | Under The Blacklight: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare, Part 1 (recording)

March 25, 2020 | The National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association | The Science of Social Distancing: Part 1 (recording)

C-Span | State and Federal Covid-19 Briefings and Legislative Deliberation | (recordings)

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COVID-19: Open Letters

The SJRC has a robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners leading the way with collecting resources for teaching about COVID-19, writing open response letters, developing news items, and calls for action, and organizing and participating in online events.

Help Spread the Word of These Open Letters

Achieving A Fair and Effective COVID-19 Response: An Open Letter to Vice-President Mike Pence, and Other Federal, State and Local Leaders from Public Health and Legal Experts in the United States

America’s Bioethicists: Government Must Use Federal Powers to Fight Covid-19

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COVID-19: Calls-For-Action

The SJRC has a robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners leading the way with collecting resources for teaching about COVID-19, writing open response lettersdeveloping news items, and calls for action, and organizing and participating in online events.

Help Spread the Word of These Calls for Action

In a New York Daily News Op-Ed, Susan M. Reverby calls for “Prisons and public health: Gov. Cuomo must let out thousands or many will die” (March 27, 2020) (PDF)

A Santa Cruz doctor releases a Call To Action for Healthcare Workers: “We can no longer in good conscience let politics endanger our nation in #COVID19 pandemic. Time to #LetTheScientistsLead.” (March 26, 2020)

PIH Health is preparing for a shortage of personal protective by calling for donations (March 21, 2020)

A powerful call for action from ER doctor, Joshua Lerner for the urgent need to shift production to focus on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing to protect those on the frontline.(March 21, 2020)

UCSC scientists round-up supplies for local doctors to combat COVID-19 (March 18, 2020)

Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public Call for Papers (March 15, 2020)

Mount Sinai COVID-19 calls for plasma donations

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COVID-19: Resources for Teaching

The SJRC has a robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners leading the way with collecting resources for teaching about COVID-19, writing open response lettersdeveloping news items, and calls for action and organizing and participating in online events.

Looking to teach about Covid-19 (coronavirus)?

Follow the conversation on Twitter via #teachthevirus, #CoronaVirusSyllabus, and #CoronaSyllabus

Open Access Reading Lists


Teaching COVID-19: An Anthropology Syllabus Project

UC Santa Cruz Spring 2020 Courses addressing COVID-19

SOCY 139T-02: Coronavirus and community: Sociological research on impacts and responses to the pandemic, will center around a recently released call for papers from Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public. Taking a social science perspective and building on students’ own interests, the course will provide support for independent research projects that explore COVID-19 from a variety of vantage points. For example, students might explore the ways that the pandemic has affected election politics, food security, access to health care for college students, quality of education, income inequality, continuity of work, social isolation, or a variety of other topics. Research could include exploration of news or social media coverage, online surveys, historical analyses, ethnography, interviews (conducted remotely), community mapping, or other methods. Students will choose their own research topic and conduct an original research project, working through the research design, data collection, analysis, and writing process through the course. Instructor: Rebecca London. Enrollment is by application and permission of the instructor.

SOCY 194: Living and Learning in a Pandemic: The Sociology of COVID-19, will draw upon insights from the Sociology of Medicine, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Studies and Critical Race Theory to study the current pandemic, COVID-19. The class will be part seminar and part group research. During the first two weeks of class, students will form research teams to focus on various aspects of the pandemic, and how different communities and sectors of society are responding. Key questions at the heart of our discussions will be: How are ‘health,’ ‘society,’ the ‘self,’ and ‘community’ being remade in this moment? Who and what has the authority and trust needed to remake these vital things, and effectively govern and respond to this global health crisis? Key themes will include: trust in science and government; new forms of stratification; medicalization; labor on the frontline (new vulnerabilities); the crisis of neoliberalism; a new social contract for public health and justice. Periodically, students will hear from guest lecturers who are on the frontlines of the pandemic, including labor organizers, public health professionals and scientists. Students will both produce independent research and works of public sociology designed to help share information with their communities about the pandemic. Prerequisites: SOCY121, SOCY 121G, an equivalent class, or have been admitted to the Science & Justice Internship/IS program by permission of instructor. Instructor: J. Reardon. Limited to 20 students.

Just Biomedicine

Just Biomedicine is a UC Santa Cruz-based research collective that examines the meeting of biomedicine, biotechnology, and big data along the Third Street corridor in the Mission-Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Many hope that this convergence will democratize access to health information and produce revolutionary new medical treatments that new companies will make available to the public through market mechanisms. Yet, as in other domains, living with technoscientific transformations over time reveals how they produce new inequalities and injustices: new challenges to democratic governance; new surveillance regimes; and new forms of social stratification. These often-hidden justice dimensions can be hard to visualize and hard to stand up for.  This is especially the case in the biomedical informatic domain, where criticism of specific developments can be interpreted as standing against developments in healthcare more generally. Nonetheless, stratified health and wealth outcomes manifest at this celebrated innovative edge of technoscience.  The Just Biomedicine collective seeks to understand and bring into view how this happens in the spaces and infrastructures that shape life on Third Street, and asks how we might help bring about a more just form of biomedicine.


Jenny Reardon (Sociology), Dennis Browe (Graduate student, Sociology)

Key Faculty

Jenny Reardon (Sociology), Katherine Weatherford Darling (Sociology, University of Maine)

Graduate Student Researchers

Andy Murray (Sociology), Dennis Browe (Sociology)

Current Undergraduate Researchers

Wessede Barrett, Nikobi Petronelli

Undergraduate Researcher Alumni

Emily Caramelli, Amy Coffin, Hannah Finegold, Laura Lopez, Emma Mitchell-Sparke (Tufts University)




Grad Book Launch – Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement

“Stratified Health” map prototype (credit: Emily Caramelli)

Jail / Care: Amplifying Santa Cruz Community Voices on Health & Incarceration

The project is a pilot phase of a larger project whose goal is to investigate the conditions of health care in the Santa Cruz County jails. After a series of preventable deaths in the local jail, concern has arisen in the community regarding the quality and accessibility of health care in Santa Cruz jails. This project will document health care in the Santa Cruz jail, using the methodologies and perspectives of research team members in the Sociology, Film and Digital Media, and Psychology departments, as well as community organization Sin Barras. Sin Barras is a group formed in 2012 in Santa Cruz, CA comprised of individuals dedicated to prison abolition. Sin Barras’ mission is to advocate for meaningful alternatives to incarceration, amplify voices from inside jails and prisons, and connect with local, statewide, national, and international struggles against prisons, with the ultimate goal of abolishing the prison industrial-complex.

The intended outcome of this project is to generate a compelling and informative account of health care in the Santa Cruz jails that centers the experiences of those receiving it, with the ultimate goals of informing the public, making policy recommendations, and amplifying the voices of the formerly incarcerated community. The project is a pilot that will inform the later stages of this project.

The preliminary study (funded by the Blum Center) involved 14 semi-structured interviews with formerly incarcerated people and service providers in community health agencies (call for participation). Interviews with formerly incarcerated people focused on their experiences receiving health care in the local jail, and future interviews with health care providers will focus on their observations about the health needs of formerly incarcerated patients they serve and the continuity of care across the systems available to them. These interviews are conducted by the student co-investigator and audio recorded (with informed consent), yielding recordings to be used in an interactive multimedia presentation during the next stages of the project.

Researchers convened a community advisory panel and prepared to expand the study. As researchers are available, they will conduct additional interviews, code and analyze interview data and develop a prototype for an interactive, online documentary that will share information about the conditions of healthcare in our local jail with the Santa Cruz community.

If you are interested in serving on the advisory panel to the project: We are looking for people directly impacted by this issue (i.e. people who have been incarcerated in the Santa Cruz jail and/or those with a loved one incarcerated in the Santa Cruz jail). The advisory panel will meet occasionally with the research team and provide their input to ensure the project is aligned with the values, goals, and priorities of the people most affected.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this project: We are looking to conduct a total of approximately 20 interviews with people who have recently been incarcerated in the Santa Cruz jail, and with health care providers who work in the jail and/or with criminal justice system-impacted populations (e.g. the homeless population). Interviews will last approximately one hour. Interviewees will be compensated $20 for their time, as funds are available.

If you are interested in participating in the study as an interviewee or an advisory board member, please contact the study coordinator, Roxy Davis, at or (831) 222-0289.


Roxy Davis, Psychology Graduate Student Study Coordinator

Key Faculty

Sharon Daniel (Digital Arts and New Media), Jenny Reardon (Sociology)

Consulted Faculty

Mary Beth Pudup (Community Studies), Andrea Steiner (Community Studies)

Community Partners

Sin Barras

Graduate Student Researcher

Roxy Davis

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Priyanka Kulkarni (Sociology, Oakes)


Preliminary Study: Blum Center

Extended Study: SJRC, UC Art & Design Placemaking Initiative, the UCSC Psychology Department

Theorizing Race After Race

In the post-WWII, post-fascist, post-nationalist moment, a dominant story developed both within and outside the academy that ‘race’ had no meaning or value for understanding human biology. Despite the so-called end of ‘race’ over the last several decades, scholars continued to track the subtle manner in which racial thinking continued under the cover of culture, religion, population and ethnicity. Today, however we see an overt return to race, a return facilitated and mediated by novel forms of science and technology: genomics; machine learning; algorithmically driven media platforms. From David Reich’s New York Times op-ed arguing that there is a genetic basis to ‘race,’ to renewed interest in Charles Murray and The Bell Curve, several prominent public intellectuals have sought to buck what they perceive as the ‘politically correct dogma’ of race as a social construction. At the same time, members of the alt-right are embracing genomics research to support their claims for a ‘white ethnostate.’ ‘Theorizing Race after Race’ seeks to develop a framework for grappling with these reconfigurations of race after the supposedly ‘post-racial’ moment. Our goal is to understand how knowledge of the genome and ideas of human difference circulate, taking on different meanings across diverse historical-geographical contests.

SJRC Director Jenny Reardon and Herman Gray speak about race in America as interviewed in January 2020 by Chris Benner, Director of the Institute for Social Transformation, on KSQD.


Camilla Hawthorne (Sociology), Jenny Reardon (Sociology)

Undergraduate Researchers

Joshua Harjes (Biology, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies)

Aitanna Rene Parker (Technology and Information Management)

Past Meetings