Author Archives: Alondra Nelson

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Five Minutes with Alondra Nelson

(cross-posted from Columbia College Today, Summer 2014) Alondra Nelson is a professor of sociology and gender studies, and director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Raised in San Diego, she earned a B.A. in anthropology from … Continue reading

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After Obamacare

Americans of all hues expressed surprise when Barack Obama was elected four years ago (and again last year), with many candidly remarking that they never thought they would live to see the day when the United States would be led … Continue reading

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NEW YORK, NY Friday, November 9, 2012 Columbia University hosted a discussion on women’s issues in this year’s election and how those issues may be addressed during the upcoming Congress. Panelists focused on women’s…

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On the Sociology of Genealogy

I am thrilled to be working with the venerable Beacon Press on my next book, The Social Life of DNA. This book is a sociological look at genealogy (and so much more!). I am interested in why genetic genealogy has … Continue reading

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the Black Panther Party

This month marks the 42nd anniversary of the revelation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. On July 25, 1972, Associated Press reporter Jean Heller disclosed in the New York Times that the United States Public Health Service had been conducting a … Continue reading

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Doing Good Works: Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Troy Duster

I had the great honor of interviewing the trailblazing sociologist Troy Duster for Public Culture. Our conversation covers much of Duster’s extraordinary life trajectory, from his childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to his interactions with notable scholars, including … Continue reading

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BOSTON REVIEW Interviews Alondra Nelson: The Black Panthers Versus the Medical Industry

The Black Panthers Versus the Medical Industry An Interview with Alondra Nelson by Gina Mitchell | Boston Review Prevailing narratives of the Black Panther Party have focused almost exclusively on its militant advocacy. In Body and Soul: The Black Panther … Continue reading

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Healthcare and the 99%

Healthcare and the 99 Percent The Occupy movement has been a mostly peaceful campaign. But it has not been without drama, ranging from the protesters’ riotous parade of signage to their raucous street theater. Prior to the violent turn of … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing the Black Panther Party

I sat down recently for an interview with Minh-ha Pham, one-half of the ingenious Threadbared project. Our conversation was inspired by one of the many artful (and now iconic) images of the Black Panther Party taken by the award-winning social-realist … Continue reading

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