Joanna Radin

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Assistant Professor of History of Medicine and History, and History and Anthropology
Sterling Hall of Medicine, Room L-214
333 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06510-3206
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Research Areas: 
Global histories of biology, ecology, medicine, and anthropology since 1945; history and anthropology of life and death; biomedical technology and computing; feminist, indigenous, and queer STS; science fiction


Joanna Radin received her Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the social and technical conditions of possibility for the systems of biomedicine and biotechnology that we live with today. She has particular interests in the history of scientific collections, biological anthropology, public health, humanism, and research ethics.

Selected Publications:

  • Joanna Radin. “Latent Life: Concepts and Practices of Tissue Preservation in the International Biological Program.” Forthcoming (2013) in Social Studies of Science as part of special issue, “Indigenous Body Parts, Mutating Temporalities, and the Half-Lives of Postcolonial Technoscience,” co-edited with Emma Kowal and Amy Hinterberger.
  • “Studying Mandela’s children: human biology in post-Apartheid South Africa” An interview with Noel Cameron, by Joanna Radin. (2012) For special issue, “The Biological Anthropology of Living Human Populations: World Histories, National Styles and International Networks” Current Anthropology, 53 (S5).
  • Sarah Kaplan & Joanna Radin. (2011) “Bounding an Emerging Technology: Deconstructing the Drexler-Smalley Debate about Nanotechnology.” Social Studies of Science. 41(4) 457–485. (authors listed alphabetically).
  • Joanna Radin and Emma Kowal. (2015) “Indigenous Blood and Ethical Regimes in the United States and Australia Since the 1960s.” American Ethnologist, 42(4): 749-765.
  • Joanna Radin. (2015)  “Planned Hindsight: The Vital Valuations of Frozen Tissue at the Zoo and Natural History Museum” Journal of Cultural Economy. DOI: ttp://
  • Joanna Radin (2014)  “Unfolding Epidemiological Stories: How the WHO Made Frozen Blood into a Flexible Resource for the Future,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part C, 47: 62-73
  • Joanna Radin. (2014) “Collecting Human Subjects,” part of special issue, “Archiving Anthropos: The Ethics of Collections in History and Anthropology,” Curator 57(2), co-edited with Ann Kakaliouras


B.S., Cornell University, 2002

M.S., Cornell University, 2004

MAST OTHER, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012