An American Dilemma

“The walling off of Negroes from equal education is part of the historical design to submerge him in second-class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggled to be free, they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education….”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. March 14, 1964 (King, 1964)             There is an arrayContinue reading “An American Dilemma”

A Changing Biopower: The Impact on Social Constructs and Medicine

My dissertation combines biopower with intersectionality theory to better understand the potential impacts of behavior genetics research on education outcomes on the ways in which teachers understand student ability and achievement. But what is biopower? I set out to try and explain it by focusing on the seminal work of Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose.Continue reading “A Changing Biopower: The Impact on Social Constructs and Medicine”

The Search for Truth: Rootings in the Culturally and Genetically Meaningful

I wrote this literature review a while ago, but came across it again and was reminded of the plethora of literature out discussing how the post-genomic era has reinscribed race.   Nadia Abu El-Haj’s works The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology and “The Genetic Reinscription of Race” mapContinue reading “The Search for Truth: Rootings in the Culturally and Genetically Meaningful”

The Myth of Consumer Agency: Genetic Testing and Identity Politics

“The burgeoning industry of genetic ancestry reveals how genetics has offered new technology through which individuals can link to intersections in time and space in complex ways that recapitulate understandings of racial order, origins, and group membership” (Lee, 2013: 1) Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is gaining popularity and is increasingly informing identity. For many, these simpleContinue reading “The Myth of Consumer Agency: Genetic Testing and Identity Politics”