Duana Fullwiley
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies
Harvard University
United States
(617) 496-4987

Duana Fullwiley is an anthropologist of science and medicine concerned with how personal identity, health status, and molecular genetics findings increasingly intersect. As such, she has done ethnographic fieldwork in the US, France and Senegal, West Africa on locally varied versions of sickle cell science and disease embodiment. Since 2003, she has been engaged in multi-sited fieldwork in the United States on emergent genetic technologies concerned with human variation (both group and individual). She is particularly interested in how geneticists promote civic ideas of scientific citizenship, enlist participant involvement in specific disease research, and contribute to movements of historical reckoning, especially when individuals reconstruct origin stories through sets of markers discovered in basic genome research. She is also tracking how U.S. political concepts of diversity, and in some cases 'race,' function in genetic recruitment protocols and study designs for purposes that range from complex disease research to pharmacogenetics to ancestry tracing to personal genomics. Fullwiley's research has most recently been supported by the National Science Foundation's Science and Society Program.

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Wednesday 28 July 2010: 2:45pm - 4:15pm