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Londa Schiebinger
John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, School of Humanities and Sciences
Director, EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering Project
The Barbara D. Finberg Director, 2004 - 2010
Faculty Research Fellow, 2012-13

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science in the History Department at Stanford University, and joined Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research in April of 2004 as the Barbara D. Finberg Director.

Professor Schiebinger's research has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitschrift, La Vanguardia, at the London Museum of Natural History, on NPR, and elsewhere. She speaks and consults nationally and internationally on issues surrounding women and gender in science, medicine, and engineering.

Professor Schiebinger received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1984 and is a leading international authority on gender and science. Over the past twenty years, Schiebinger's work has been devoted to teasing apart three analytically distinct but interlocking pieces of the gender and science puzzle: the history of women's participation in science; the structure of scientific institutions; and the gendering of human knowledge. Her current work explores how gender analysis, when turned to science and technology, can spark creativity by opening new questions and fields for future research. In the eighteenth century, her new project focuses on colonial science in the Atlantic World. She is studying how race and sex were defined in relation to health care in the West Indies, particularly how notions of scientific racism emerged at the very time that physicians used black and white bodies interchangeably in medical experimentation.

She is author of The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Harvard University Press, 1989); the prize-winning Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (Beacon Press, 1993; Rutgers University Press, 2004); Has Feminism Changed Science? (Harvard University Press, 1999); and the prize-winning Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard University Press, fall 2004). She has edited Feminism and the Body (Oxford University Press, 2000); co-edited with Angela Creager and Elizabeth Lunbeck of Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine (University of Chicago Press, 2001); with Claudia Swan, Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, fall 2004); with Robert N. Proctor, Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance, (Stanford University Press, 2008); Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford University Press, 2008); and served as section editor for the Oxford Companion to the Body (Oxford University Press, 2001). Her work has been translated into numerous languages.

Londa Schiebinger has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; she has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

Most recently Londa Schiebinger was awarded the 2005 Prize in Atlantic History from the American Historical Association and the 2005 Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society both for her Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World. She also won the 2005 J. Worth Estes Prize from the American Association for the History of Medicine for her article "Feminist History of Colonial Science," Hypatia 19 (2004): 233-254.

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