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”

What’s race got to do with it?

“They tell us race is an invention, that there is more genetic variation between two black people than there is between a Black person and a White person. Then they tell us black people have a worse kind of breast cancer and get more fibroids. And White folk get cystic fibrosis and osteoporosis. So what’sContinue reading “What’s race got to do with it?”

Written Words Worth Reading

Dr Seuss wrote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I’ve decided to share some (just some)  readings I’ve found especially powerful during my  PhD, breaking  up along the lines of theory and praxis. I’ve  also  tried  not  to select the  mostContinue reading “Written Words Worth Reading”

New Year Reflections

Today is the official start of my third year as a PhD here in Cambridge and my 4th  year in Cambridge as a student. Along the way I’ve learned a lot about myself–my capabilities, strengths, weaknesses. One of those things is to listen more carefully to others, particularly those who have gone through the journeyContinue reading “New Year Reflections”

The Politics of Genetics, Race, & Class

“I know genetics is hugely controversial because in a democratic society we believe we can influence outcomes.  Honestly, I always wanted to believe this, but I’ve seen families where with modest interventions their children have been exceptionally successful, and others where their children have to work extremely hard to keep up.” I have a habitContinue reading “The Politics of Genetics, Race, & Class”

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Knowledge

This weekend was certainly interesting, and in many ways, I’ve come out of it disillusioned. I am all for constructive academic debate, but I’m increasingly realizing that perhaps ‘constructive’ is an ever illusive hope. What do we mean when we say constructive debate? Constructive is defined as “having or intended to have a useful orContinue reading “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Knowledge”

Multi-literate and Multi-discursive

I’ve been spending the last few days at the AERA 2017 annual meeting in San Antonio. Outside of exploring a new state and eating lots of Mexican food, I’ve also had the privilege of listening to some of my ‘academic heroes’ –scholars I aspire to emulate. This morning I listened to Prudence Carter, Gloria Ladson-Billings,Continue reading “Multi-literate and Multi-discursive”