Susan Lindee is a historian of science and medicine whose work focuses on genetics, science and medicine after 1945. She has published on the gene in popular culture, the development of radiation genetics in the Cold War, the rise of genetic disease to medical prominence after 1950, and the history of biological anthropology and its ties to human and medical genetics. She is currently Chair, Department of the History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught for 20 years. She is working on a book-length history and social study of Cystic Fibrosis, the most common serious genetic disease in US and European populations. She is also co-editing, with Ricardo Ventura Santos, a special issue of Current Anthropology on the comparative history of biological anthropology, which looks at how scientific ideas about populations, races, and cultural identities have intersected with nationalism, colonialism and the modern state.
Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine 2005 Baltirmore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two Culture Divide With Alan Goodman and Deborah Heath, edited volume from a Wenner-Gren Foundation Symposium at Teresopolis, Brazil. University of California Press, 2003.
The DNA mystique: The gene as a cultural icon with Dorothy Nelkin. 2004. New edition, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Originally, 1995, New York: W.H. Freeman. Translations: Japanese, 1997; French 1998.
Suffering Made Real: American Science and the Survivors at Hiroshima Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. Translations, Japanese 2005.
Grants and awards:
Wenner Gren Foundation. 2010 Symposium, Brazil.
NIH support through the University of Pennsylvania Center for Integration of Genetic and Healthcare Technologies (Penn CIGHT), Reed Pyeritz, PI
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2004-2005.