Daphne Martschenko PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics with support from a National Human Genome Research Institute’s Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Program training grant. Daphne received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cambridge in 2019 under the supervision of Anna Vignoles and Jo-Anne Dillabough. Her dissertation investigated teacher perspectives on the role and relevance of genetic data for education, focusing in particular on how behavioral genetics research on educational attainment and intelligence intersected with educators’ conceptualizations of racial and socioeconomic disparities in the American education system. Currently, Daphne’s work advocates for and facilitates cross-disciplinary research efforts that promote socially responsible communication of social science genomics research findings. Notable prior projects include an ‘adversarial collaborative’ effort with social science genomics researchers to explore recent developments in Genetics and Education (AERA Open, 2019) and guest editing a Special Issue devoted to the introduction of the biosocial sciences into Education (Research in Education, 2020).

“In the early decades of the twenty-first century, we are learning to speak yet another language of cause and effect, and constructing a new epidemiology of self: we are beginning to describe illness, identity, affinity, temperament, preferences—and, ultimately, fate and choice—in terms of genes and genomes…. One of the most provocative ideas about our history and future: that the influence of genes on our lives and beings is richer, deeper, and more unnerving than we had imagined.”

– The Gene (Mukherjee, 2016: 494)


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