Gender Studies | Graduate Topics in Gender Studies: Gender, Race & Science in America
G701 | TBA | Stein, M


This course examines the role of science and medicine in the
construction(s) of “race,” historically
and in the present. Students will interrogate the development of
scientific authority over American
race relations as well as challenges to racial science, paying
particular attention to the intersection of
race with other categories of human difference, such as gender and
sexuality. The readings will focus
primarily on the United States, in order to examine in depth the
specific historical contexts and
changing cultural politics at play in scientific understandings of
racial difference. Additional themes
include: gender norms and racial thought; the production of
scientific knowledge; biological
determinism and raced/gendered bodies; health disparities; the
racial coding of disease; and the
implications of recent trends in genetic science.