Alondra Nelson is an award-winning author and academic and the inaugural Dean of Social Science at Columbia University. She will become President of the Social Science Research Council in September. An interdisciplinary social scientist, her lectures and publications examine the intersections of science, medicine, and social inequality. Her widely praised book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, was published last year. Her publications also include Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination; Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History; and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life. +

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