Jenny Reardon


Jenny Reardon is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her research draws into focus questions about identity, justice and democracy that are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices, particularly in modern genomic research. Her training spans molecular biology, the history of biology, science studies, feminist and critical race studies, and the sociology of science, technology and medicine. She is the author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome (Chicago University Press, Fall 2017).  She has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from, among others, the National Science Foundation, the Max Planck Institute, the Humboldt Foundation, the London School of Economics, the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and the United States Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology. 

Mailstop: Rachel Carson College Faculty Services | reardon1(at) | tel: 831-459-1645

James Doucet-Battle

Interim Director - Fall 2020

James Doucet-Battle is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Interim Director of the Science & Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. James is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley/University San Francisco Joint Medical Anthropology Program. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of science, technology and society studies, development studies and anthropological approaches to health and the medicine. James applies these interests to study the political economy of genomic discourses about race, risk, and health disparities.

Mailstop: Rachel Carson College Faculty Services | jbattle(at) | tel: 831-459-2638

Karen Barad

Co-Director, Science and Justice Training Program

Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the UCSC. Her Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics. She held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Academic Services | kbarad(at) | tel: 831-459-1925