Sarah Richardson, Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, is a historian and philosopher of science who studies the sciences of sex, gender, sexuality, and reproduction. Richardson directs the Harvard GenderSci Lab, a collaborative, interdisciplinary research lab dedicated to generating concepts, methods, and theories for biomedical research on sex and gender.
Richardson is the author of Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome, a history of scientific research on the human sex chromosomes. Her forthcoming book,The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects (Chicago, 2021), analyzes the history of scientific speculations about the long reach of the maternal intrauterine environment. Richardson has published two edited volumes, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age and Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology After the Genome, articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, BioSocieties, The Hastings Report, and Biology and Philosophy, and commentaries in Nature, PNAS, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Her work has also appeared in popular forums such as Slate, CNN.com, and The Boston Globe.
Richardson's research has been supported by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women. She has served on the Governing Board of the International Association for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology and is an Associate Editor at Signs.
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