This seminar engages feminist theorists, science studies scholars, and practicing scientists in conversation about the constructs of “sex” and “gender” in biological and health science research, highlighting the work of researchers who devise innovative ways to analyze gender in intersectional biomedical research.

Upcoming Events

Louise Pilote, McGill University
Gender Matters in Heart Disease: Measuring the Impact of Sex and Gender on Heart Disease Risk and Outcomes
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

About the Speaker

Louise Pilote's research focuses on women and cardiovascular disease through the lifespan. She applies health services, outcomes, clinical trials and comparative effectiveness methods to answer questions about how gender characteristics and sex differences mediate cardiac outcomes. Pilote is a senior scientist and attending physician at the McGill University Health Center. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University
Talk Title TBA
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

About the Speaker

Biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling is the author of pioneering work on gender and sexuality, the nature/nurture divide, intersexuality, homosexuality and the role of race and gender in science. Fausto-Sterling’s works applying a dynamic systems approach to the study of human development are widely referenced in feminist and scientific inquiry. Fausto-Sterling is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and provides frequent commentary bridging science and current affairs for high profile media outlets.

Sari van Anders, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Gender/Sex, Social Neuroendocrinology, and Feminist/Queer Science
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center


In this talk, I describe how my research in social neuroendocrinology and sexuality is built with and makes feminist and queer science. I will discuss how I came to develop “gender/sex”, and highlight its promise for a bioscience and accounts of lived experience that take both biomateriality and social constructions seriously.

About the Speaker

Sari van Anders is a social neuroendocrinologist whose research focuses on sexuality, gender/sex, and sexual diversity. Her award-winning research has examined the social modulation of testosterone via gendered contexts. In her theoretical work, van Anders has innovated new frameworks and methods for understanding gender and sexual diversity, as well as for the practice of feminist and queer bioscience.

Past Events 2017 - 18

Gillian Einstein, University of Toronto
The World Writes on the Body: The Influence of Gender on Biology
Nancy Krieger, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Meredith Reiches, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, Harvard University
Bringing Gender into Biomedical Research

Past Events 2016 - 17

Kimberly Juanita Brown, Mount Holyoke College
Their Dead Among Us: Presence, Absence, and Archival Violence
Douglas Bolender, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Marginal Lives and Fractured Families: Archives and Rural Farmworkers in Early Modern Iceland
Meredith Reiches, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Invisible Women: Prenatal Nutrition Research and the Vanishing Maternal Body
Nancy Krieger, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Challenging Biological Essentialism with Embodied Histories of Health Inequities
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Harvard University
"The Physician's Negro:" Race and Racialization in U.S. Medicine

Past Events 2015 - 16

Andrea Ritchie, Open Society Foundations
Policing Race, Policing Sex, Policing Gender
Joy James, Williams College
Why Edward Snowden is Not Assata Shakur
Chase Strangio, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Tinkering with Violence: Effects of Carceral Reforms on LGBT Prisoners
Kristin Nicole Dukes, Simmons College
#SayHerName: Examining Perceptions and Representations of Black Women

Past Events 2014 - 15

Aisha Moodie-Mills, FIRE Initiative at the Center for American Progress
Jumping Beyond the Broom: Class, Race, and Poverty in the LGBT Movement
Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Defense
HIV Discrimination and Criminalization
Joey Mogul, People’s Law Office, Chicago
Deceptive Gender Benders, Sexual Predators, and Homicidal Homos: The Ongoing Criminalization of LGBTQ People in the US
The Conflict Between LGBT Equality and Religious Liberty by Nan Hunter, Georgetown Law School
After Marriage: The Future of LGBT Activism

Past Events 2013 - 14

Hannah Landecker, University of California, Los Angeles
In the Aftermath of Categories: Metabolism, Reproduction, and Epigenetics
Miranda Waggoner, Princeton University
Programming the Fetus: Metaphor, Technology, and Population Health in the Postgenomic Age
Martine Lappé, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Autism, the Maternal-Fetal Interface, and the Reconceptualization of Environmental Risk
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
The Maternal Mystique: Knowing and Unknowing the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Aryn Martin, York University, Toronto
Is the Fetus Really an Organ Transplant? The Limits of Self-Talk in Immunology and Microchimerism Research
The Maternal Imprint: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Science of the Maternal-Fetal Interface

Past Events 2012 - 13

Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College
"Making Equals: Classical Friendship and Contemporary Theory"
Michael Amico, Yale University
"Surpassing the Love of Marriage: Christianity and the Friendship between Two Civil War Soldiers"
Lisa Merrill, Hofstra University
"Charlotte Cushman’s Same-Sex Networks of Affection, Affiliation and Advocacy Against the Background of the United States Civil War"
Robert Reid-Pharr, City University of New York
"Pre-Packaged Rebellion: Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, and the Economies of Queer Martyrdom"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Faith Smith, Brandeis University
"Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean"
Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Queer Cities and Rural Uprisings? Mapping New Frames of Modernity in India"
Keridwen Luis, Harvard University
“’Who Is Your Teacher?’ ‘You're Standing on Her’: Constructing Identity, Gender, and Community on Women's Land”
Christina Sharpe, Tufts University
”The Lie at the Center of Everything”
Monica White Ndounou, Tufts University
“Drama for 'Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke"
Robin Bernstein, Harvard University
"Hand Knife Photograph: Performing Lesbian Histories"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Harvard University
"'HIV is our Friend': Prostitution, Biopower and State in Postcolonial India"
Eng-Beng Lim, Brown University
"The Tropic Heat of G.A.P (Gay Asian Princess) Drama"
Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
"Outsourcing Patriarchy: National Anxieties, Transnational Mediations"
Eve Sicular, Independent writer, scholar, and filmmaker
"The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film: Queer Subtext in a Cinema of Diaspora"
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
"Gendering the Genome: The Emerging Concept of Sex Differences in Human Genome Research"
Kimberly Juanita Brown, Northeastern University
"Framing Slavery's Black Embodiment: Photographic Incantations of the Visual"