I am an Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Society in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. I am also the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in STS and coordinate the Working Group on Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine. I received my PhD from MIT in 2007, and joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 2008.
My research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture, theories of race and gender, and ways in which science and medicine are mobilized in social justice projects. My first book, Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference, tracks the intersecting discourses of race, pharmaceuticals, and cardiovascular disease in the United States from the founding of cardiology to the controversial approval of BiDil for heart failure in “self-identified black patients.” I am currently completing my second book manuscript, provisionally titled Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery, which draws on ethnographic research at a small South African pharmaceutical company to explore how it matters who makes pharmaceutical knowledge and where. An interactive site on this project can be explored at mappingithemba.com.
biomedicine and culture; theories of race and gender; pharmaceuticals; heart disease; health disparities; social justice