Joanna Radin

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Associate Professor in the History of Medicine, of Anthropology and of History
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Fields of interest: 

Global histories of biology, ecology, medicine, and anthropology since 1945; history and anthropology of life and death; biomedical technology and computing; feminist, indigenous, and queer STS; science fiction


Joanna Radin received her PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the social and technical conditions of possibility for the systems of biomedicine and biotechnology that we live with today. She has particular interests in the history of biomedical technology, scientific collections, anthropology, public health, humanism, and research ethics.


  • B.S., Cornell University, 2002
  • M.S., Cornell University, 2004
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Joanna Radin. “Latent Life: Concepts and Practices of Tissue Preservation in the International Biological Program.” Forthcoming (2013) in Social Studies of Science as part of special issue, “Indigenous Body Parts, Mutating Temporalities, and the Half-Lives of Postcolonial Technoscience,” co-edited with Emma Kowal and Amy Hinterberger.
  • “Studying Mandela’s children: human biology in post-Apartheid South Africa” An interview with Noel Cameron, by Joanna Radin. (2012) For special issue, “The Biological Anthropology of Living Human Populations: World Histories, National Styles and International Networks” Current Anthropology, 53 (S5).
  • Sarah Kaplan & Joanna Radin. (2011) “Bounding an Emerging Technology: Deconstructing the Drexler-Smalley Debate about Nanotechnology.” Social Studies of Science. 41(4) 457–485. (authors listed alphabetically).