Fall 2021

Race and Gender in Biomedicine

Moodle site: Course


Jennifer A. Hamilton (Section 01)


This course explores conceptualizations and representations of race and gender in health and medicine.  We begin by looking at the histories of race, sex, and sexuality in Western science, especially in terms of how they have been articulated through multiple contexts involving infectious diseases. How does scientific thought and practice intersect with larger political and economic movements including colonization and imperialism?  We will then move into a discussion of the uses of race and sex in contemporary biomedicine focusing on the following questions: How is inequality “written on the body”? How are categories of risk and susceptibility racialized and biologized? How are racism and sexism “underlying conditions” that powerfully shape whether or not people contract infectious diseases and who lives and who dies? This course will have a special focus on global health disparities.

Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Hamilton


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021