Marsha J. Tyson Darling Ph. D.
Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Adelphi University
Adelphi University
Garden City
United States
(516) 877-4981

Dr. Darling is Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Director of the Center for African, Black & Caribbean Studies at Adelphi University. Darling joined Adelphi after serving on the faculties at Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, Wellesley College and Hood College. Dr. Darling teaches and undertakes research on, as well engages in civil society advocacy about African American communities, conscience and social justice movements in the United States, the unique burdens experienced by women of color in international development, and significant issues in globalization, especially the relationship between emerging genetic biotechnologies, women’s bodies and marginalized communities. Darling’s published work focuses on the old and new face of Eugenics, constitutional law, particularly, voting rights, and the challenges connected with the emergence of red, green, white and nano biotechnologies.

Dr. Darling considers herself an engaged scholar, one who uses information and research to aid grassroots organizing and movement building in marginalized communities, and to further civil society advocacy on behalf of strengthening public engagement in cutting edge social issues, including strengthening the public domain.

Published articles on gender and justice in the gene age:


Marsha J. Tyson Darling, "Commercial Surrogacy and the Cost of Reproductive Freedom,"  in GeneWatch: The Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Vol. 24, Issue 3, Jun-Jul, 2011.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Gender Intersectionality: The Unfinished Business of Justice Advocacy,” in Richard Greggory Johnson III & G. L. A. Harris, eds. Women of Color in Leadership: Taking their Rightful Place. San Diego, CA: Birkdale Publishers, 2010.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Gender and Justice in the Gene Age: The Challenges Presented by Reproductive and Genetic Biotechnologies,” in Francesca Molfino & Flavia Zucco, eds. Women in Biotechnology: Creating Interfaces. Springer Science + Business Media B.V., 2008.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Reflections on Globalization, Women’s Rights and Health, and New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies,” in Caroline Sweetman, Ed. Gender & Development, UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 16:3, Nov 2008, 584.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Gendered Globalizations, State Interests, Women of Color and Marginalized Women," in Marsha J. Tyson Darling, Ed., Political Environments: A Publication of the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment (CWPE), Special Issue on Justice in the Gene Age, Garden City, NY: Adelphi University, Issue 11, Spring/Summer, 2007, (80 pages).

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Who Really Rules the World,” in Srilatha Batliwala & David Brown, Eds., Claiming Global Power: Transnational Civil Society and Global Governance, Boulder, CO: Kumarian Press, 2006.

Marsha J. T. Darling. “Gender, New Technologies and Development,” in Development, 2006, 49(4), (23-27).

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Reproductive and Genetic Bio Technologies: Taking up the Challenge,” in Development, 2006, 49 (1), (1-5).

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Gender and Biopolitics,” in Ana Agostino & Glenn Ashton, Eds., A Patented World?: Privatisation of Life and Knowledge, Johannesburg: Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2006.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Eugenics Unbound: Race, Gender and Genetics,” Women’s Health, Women’s Rights: Perspectives on Global Health Issues, Vijay Agnew, Ed., Centre for Feminist Research, York University, 2003.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. "The State, Friend or Foe?: Distributive Justice Issues and Challenges," in Jael Silliman, Ed., Dangerous Intersections: Feminist Perspectives on Population, Environment & Development, South End Press, 1999.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling. “Equity, Ethics and the Privatization of Life in BioAgriculture,” in Political Environments, Amherst, MA: Hampshire College, Fall, 1999.

Public speaking engagements focused on gender and justice in the gene age, and the challenges presented by emerging genetic and reproductive biotechnologies, at the following venues:

Presenter: “The Intersection of Race, Gender, Medicine and Science in Historical Perspective,” paper presented at the Future of an Illusion, Future of the Past: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Race at Monmouth University, NJ, November 14, 2008.

Speaker: “The Impact of Emerging Biotechnologies on Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ People,” paper and PowerPoint presented at the University of Connecticut at Stamford, April 24, 2008.

Speaker: “Using Intersectionality to Appraise Challenges to Women’s Health in the Gene Age,” New York State Society of American Medical Technologists, Continuing Education Seminar, New York Hospital of Queens, Flushing, New York, October 20, 2007.

Plenary Speaker: “Gender, Race and Justice in the Gene Age: The Challenges Presented by Reproductive and Genetic Biotechnologies,” Socialism and Environmental Justice Summer School Program, Fordham University, NY, July 20, 2007.

Presenter: “Considering Justice for Marginalized Women in the Gene Age: Intersectionality and Reproductive Biotechnologies,” Symposium on Reproduction Health Matters, Dept. of Medicine the Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, March 23, 2007.

Plenary Speaker: “Perspectives, Politics and the Place of Technologies in Women’s Reproductive Lives,” National Consultation on New Reproductive Technologies and their Implications for Women, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, January 5, 2007.

Presenter: “Research Based Policy: Reproductive Justice in the Gene Age,” American Public Health Association Women’s Caucus, 134th American Public Health Association Conference, Boston, MA., November 7, 2006.

Discussant: “Looking Back: A History of American Eugenics,” Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, Chicago-Kent College of Law and Illinois Institute of Technology sponsored conference, Eugenics & Emerging Technologies: Bioethics in the Shadow of Auschwitz?,’ National Press Club, Washington, DC, November 10, 2006.

Discussant: “Reproductive and Genetic Technologies,” Assisted Reproduction and Genetic Technologies Conference, Asilomar Institute, Monterey, CA. October 17, 2006.

Presenter: “The Ova Trade and New Reproductive Technologies,” Conference on Domestic and Global Governance of New Reproductive Technologies (NRTs): Defining a Research to Policy Agenda, University of Ottawa, June 18, 2006.

Presenter: “Challenges and Opportunities for Reaffirming Democracy in the 21st Century,” Dan & Carole Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture, University of Vermont, Burlington, April 13, 2006.

Presenter: “Intersectionality and Women’s Health in Genomics Protocols,” Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future and the Center on Nanotechnology and Society of the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law, Human Egg Harvesting Consultation, Washington, DC, February 10, 2006.

Presenter: “Applying ‘Intersectionality’ to Advance Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Rights in the Genomics Age,” Bioethicists, Physicians and Activists on Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Rights Symposium, IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics, United Nations, January 27, 2006.

Presenter: “Evidence Based Policy and Practice from a Feminist Perspective: Gender and Justice in the Gene Age,” American Public Health Association Committee on Women’s Rights, 133rd American Public Health Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA., December 12, 2005.

Plenary Speaker: “Health, Biotechnologies and Human Rights,” Biopolitics Conference, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 6, 2005.

Plenary Speaker: “What is the Change Around Us: New Genetic Technologies, New Challenges,” 10th AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development) International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, Bangkok, Thailand, October 28, 2005.

Presenter: “Gender and Justice in the Gene Age: What We All Need to Consider,” 10th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, Bangkok, Thailand, October 29, 2005.

Presenter: “The New Face of Eugenics,” New Leadership Networking Initiative of the Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA., April 1, 2005.

Presenter: “Responsible Governance of the New Human Genetic Technologies: New Voices, New Perspectives,” 7th World Congress on Bioethics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, November 11, 2004.

Chair: “Refiguring the Body: Epistemology, Difference and (the) Self,” 5th World Congress of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, November 9, 2004.

Plenary Speaker: “Privatization of Nature and Knowledge: Towards a Second Enclosure Movement,” Conference on Biopolitics, Under the BIOS Sign: Technology, Ethics, Diversity and Rights, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Mexico City, October 22, 2004.

Presenter: “Social Justice in the Gene Age: The Case for Biodiversity,” Future Human: International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, The Globalism Institute, Monash University, Prato, Italy, July 23, 2004.

Presenter: “Eugenics: From State Sponsored Terror to Consumer Choice,” Symposium on Inequality, Democracy, and the New Human Biotechnologies: A Threshold Challenge for the 21st Century, Century Foundation, NYC, July 15, 2004.

Co-Covenor & Plenary Speaker: “Enclosure, Eugenics and Gender in the Gene Age,” Gender and Justice in the Gene Age: A Feminist Meeting on New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, Ford Foundation, NYC, May 6th and 7th, 2004.

Plenary Speaker: “Race, Gender and Justice in the Gene Age,” SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health & Sexual Rights National Conference,” Spelman College, November 14, 2003.

Speaker and Rapporteur: “Governance Challenges for a New Century: Enclosure, Exclusive Rights, Eugenics and the New Genetic Technologies,” and “Gender-Genetic-Futures I, Women’s, Family and Children’s Health Perspectives,” at the “Within and Beyond the Limits of Human Nature: A Working Conference on the Challenges of the New Human Genetic Technologies,” Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft, Berlin, October 13th and 15th, 2003.

Inaugural Speaker: “The Global Politics of Enclosure, Exclusive Rights, Eugenics, and the New Human Genetic and Reproductive Technologies,” Issues in Global Feminism Annual Lecture Series, The College of Wooster, March 2, 2003.

Presenter: “What’s Mine is Mine, and What’s Yours is Mine: Intellectual Property Rights, Patents and Biopiracy in the Genetics Age,” World Social Forum, Porto Allegre, Brazil, January 24, 2003.

Speaker: “What’s Biotechnology Got to do with Women’s Rights?” Women’s Studies Program Colloquium, Nassau Community College, November 6, 2002.

Presenter: “Who Really Rules the World: Transnational Civil Society and the Democratization of Global Governance,” Global Governance 2002 Conference, Montreal International Forum, Canada, October 16, 2002.

Plenary Speaker: “Human Rights for All: Understanding and Applying Intersectionality to Confront Globalization,” October 5, 2002, and, Speaker: “The Genetics Revolution, Biotechnology and Women’s Rights,” October 4, 2002, both presented at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development 9th International Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Presenter: “Reproductive Technologies, Women’s Health and the Media,” 9th International Congress on Women’s Health, York University, Toronto, Canada, August 12, 2002.

Presenter: “Biotechnology, Consumer Eugenics and Gender,” The Committee on Women, Population and the Environment Symposium, University of Illinois at Chicago, June 21, 2002.

Moderator: “Strong Medicine: Traditional Healers Respond to the AIDS Crisis in Africa and the Diaspora Symposium,” New York University, NYC, April 27, 2002.

Presenter: “Civil Rights Issues in the Genetics Age,” Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, NY, April 8, 2002.

Speaker: “Social Policy Implications for Women in the 21st Century: Reproductive Rights Issues,” Towson University, MD, March 4, 2002.

Presenter: “Globalization, Democracy and Governance Issues,” Critical Resistance East Conference, Columbia University Law School, NYC, March 10, 2001.

Presenter: “Will a New Century Bring Biocolonialism for Indigenous Peoples and People of Color?” Genetic Engineering Action Network Conference, Chicago, February 16, 2001.

Speaker: “The Right to Choose is Our Right Too: Legal, Judicial and Political Issues,” 3rd African American Women & the Law Conference, Howard University Law School, May 20, 2000.

Presenter: “Environmental Issues and Politics: Protection of Genetic Diversity,” Abortion & Reproductive Rights Conference, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Hampshire College, April 8, 2000.

Presenter: “Between a Rock and a Very Hard Spot: The Impact of Genetics Patents and Intellectual Property Initiatives on Indigenous Peoples,” Symposium on Race and Science: What’s the Connection? New Technologies and Communities of Color: The Impact of Biotechnology, Mt. Holyoke College, April 5, 2000.

Presenter: “Emerging Biotechnologies and Their Impact on Women and Agriculture,” Association for Women in Development Forum, Washington, DC, November, 14, 1999.

Presenter: “Equity, Ethics and the Privatization of Life in BioAgriculture,” Symposium on Genetically Modified Food: Miracle or Menace, Hampshire College, November 3, 1999.

Presenter: “The Impact of Emerging Genetics Modalities and the Human Rights of Indigenous Women,” Committee on Women, Population and the Environment Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago, October 24, 1998.

Presenter: "Emerging Biomedical Technologies and Poor Women's Privacy Rights," Committee on Women, Population and the Environment Workshop, Rockport, MA., June 14, 1997.

Discussant: "Women's Health and Human Rights Education," 8th International Congress on Women's Health, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, March 17, 1997.

Presenter: "Emerging Biomedical Technologies and Women's Human Rights," (9/7/95) and " Black Women's Legal and Social Rights in the United States," (9/3/95) and "And Still I Rise: Black Women and Questions of Shared Struggle," (8/31/95) and "Women's Health and Human Rights" (8/31/95), Fourth World United Nations Conference on Women, Beijing, China.

Presenter: "Whither Goes `Other': Examining and Righting the Consequences of the Social Construction of Other," Transforming the Curricula: Summer Institute for Secondary School Teachers on Curriculum Revision Involving the Interdisciplinary & Multicultural, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., June 29, 1995.

Presenter: "Biomedical Technologies, Public Policy and African American Females," Fourth Annual Conference of Sisters of Color International, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, May 8, 1994.

Presenter: "Emerging Legal and Social Policy Issues in the Lives of African-American Women: Medical Technology, Moral Authority, Law and the Commercialization of Alternative Reproductive Technologies in the 21st Century," Black Women in the Academy Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, January 14, 1994.

Presenter: "Issues in the Lives of Women in the Developing World" and "Black Female Reproductive Behavior as a Policy Issue" Phenomenology Conference, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, April 12 & 13, 1993.

Sessions I'm Associated With


Wednesday 25 July 2012: 9:00am - 10:30am


Monday 25 July 2011: 4:00pm - 5:20pm


Tuesday 27 July 2010: 2:00pm - 2:35pm
Wednesday 28 July 2010: 1:00pm - 2:30pm