I am an Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Society in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech and Director of Graduate Studies for the the school’s program in Digital Media. I am also the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in STS and the Working Group on Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine. My research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture, theories of race and gender, and ways in which science and medicine are mobilized in social justice projects.
My first book, Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference, tracks the intersecting discourses of race, pharmaceuticals, and cardiovascular disease in the United States from the founding of cardiology to the controversial approval of BiDil for heart failure in “self-identified black patients.” I am currently completing my second book manuscript, provisionally titled Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery, which draws on ethnographic research at a small South African pharmaceutical company to explore how it matters who makes pharmaceutical knowledge and where. An interactive site on this project can be explored at mappingithemba.com.
I am engaged in ongoing research in three areas: feminist theory and the heart; American health disparities and citizenship claims; and drug discovery efforts by and for the Global South (specifically South Africa).
How do Black Lives Matter in Teaching, Lab Practices, and Research?
Lab Meeting, Co-convened with Deboleena Roy, for the Working Group on Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine
Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 3.2(2017).
BiDil’s Compensation Relations
In Subprime Health: Debt and Race in U.S. Medicine, edited by Nadine Ehlers and Leslie Hinkson, 83-104. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
After Big Data Failed: The Enduring Allure of Numbers
in the Wake of the 2016 US Election
Coauthored with Yanni Loukissas, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 3 (2017): http://dx.doi.org/10.17351/ests2017.150.
Queering Endocrine Disruption
In Object Oriented Feminism, edited by Katherine Behar, 183-199. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
Resisting Power, Retooling Justice: Promises of
Feminist Postcolonial Technosciences
Coauthored with Banu Subramaniam, Science, Technology & Human Values, 41.6(November 2016): 951-966.
Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 1.1(September 2015): 30pp.
Coronary Artery Disease and the Contours of Pharmaceuticalization
Coauthored with David S. Jones, Social Science & Medicine 131 (April 2015): 221–227.
On the Suspended Sentences of the Scott Sisters: Mass Incarceration, Kidney Donation, and the Biopolitics of Race in the United States
Science, Technology, and Human Values, 40.2 (March 2015): 250-271.
Places of Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Making: Global Health, Postcolonial Science, and Hope in South African Drug Discovery
Social Studies of Science, 44.6 (December 2014): 848–873.
See CV for full list of publications.
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