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Sarah S. Richardson
Harvard University Assistant Professor of the History of Science & of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2007-08, Modern Thought and Literature

Sarah Richardson studies gender in the biological sciences. Her dissertation research focused on human sex chromosome genetics from 1900 to the present. Sex chromosomes, the X and the Y, played a central role in the emergence of modern genetics and underpin the genetics of sex and gender difference. Richardson's dissertation presents a series of detailed case studies documenting and analyzing gendered metaphors, symbolism, and ideology in human sex chromosome genetics. Working at the nexus of history, philosophy, and social studies of biology, Richardson shows how gender operates in biological research in a variety of contexts and dimensions, expanding and interrogating models of how gender participates in the production of scientific knowledge. She coordinated the workshop Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age at the Stanford Humanities Center and co-edited a book by the same title (Rutgers, 2008).

Richardson will be starting a tenure-track position in Women's Studies at U.Mass-Amherst/Five Colleges in September 2009, and she teaches classes including "Sex, Gender, and Evolution" at Harvard.  She has broad interests and expertise in the history of molecular biology and genetics, philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and feminist science studies.