Alondra Nelson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University. Nelson's first book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination won four scholarly prizes and was praised as "a revelation.. a tremendously important book" (Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University), as "full of deft analyses and bold linkages" (Contemporary Sociology) and as "a finely crafted study… [and] an original and robust contribution" (The American Historical Review). She is also co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life. Her next book, The Social Life of DNA, will be published next year by Beacon Press. See also: www.alondranelson.com
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