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Selected Publications

books and edited collections

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011; paperback 2013).

Related Videos:

Alondra discusses Body and Soul with the French program, La Clé des Langues.

Alondra discusses Body and Soul with Professor Mark Anthony Neal on "Left of Black"

Genetics and The Unsettled Pas

Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press, 2012; co-edited with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee).

Related Video:

Alondra discussed genetics with Dalton Conely.

Co-editor. Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life. (New York University Press, 2001; with Thuy Linh
N. Tu & Alicia Headlam Hines). 

Critical praise for Technicolor:

"New York's South Asian cabbies probably had no idea they were straddling the digital divide when they used their own CB channels to organize surprise strikes and demonstrations. But in Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life, the editors bring together a series of essays that broaden the concept far beyond the borders of your average two-part Times series," Boris Kachka, New York Magazine

"broaden[s] the scope of recent scholarship on technology and culture in important ways," Josephine Lee, Journal of Asian Studies

"The essays in Technicolor are revolutionary... they encourage the reader to consider the material possibilities of cyberspace for people of color," Andre Brock, University of Iowa                 

Also, see a recent discussion of Technicolor's themes in the Media Commons Blog

Editor. Afrofuturism-A Special Issue of Social Text 71 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002). 

Reflections on Afrofuturism (Social Text 71):

"now classic and indispensable" Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University

"bring[s] the Afrodiasporic experience to life in new ways," Lisa Yazek, Rethinking History



articles and book chapters

Alondra Nelson and Joan H. Robinson. 'The Social Life of DTC Genetics: The Case of 23 and Me,' Handbook of Science, Technology and Society. Eds. Daniel Lee Kleinman and Kelly Moore (London: Routledge, 2014).

‘Reconciliation Projects: From Kinship to Justice,’ Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012).

‘Roots and Revelation: The YouTube Generation and the Pursuit of African Ancestry.’ Race After the Internet. Eds. Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White. (New York: Routledge, 2011). (with Jeong Won Hwang)

‘Biomedicalising Genetic Health, Diseases and Identities,’ in eds. Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner, and Margaret Lock. Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. London: Routledge, 2009. (with Adele E. Clarke, Janet Shim and Sara Shostak).

‘Social Text,’ Social Text 100 (2009): 235-238.

Bio Science: Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Pursuit of African Ancestry,’ Social Studies of Science 38: 759-783. (Revised version reprinted in Scientific Cultures, Technological Challenges: A Transatlantic Perspective. Publications of the Bavarian American Academy, Vol. 10. Eds. Klaus Benesch and Meike Zwingenberger. Heidelberg, Germany: Winter Verlag, 2008, 125-153).

‘The Factness of Diaspora,’ in Eds. Barbara Koenig, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, and Sarah Richardson. Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008. (A revised version published in Rites of Return: Bodies, Sites and Archives of Attachment, Eds. Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller, Columbia University Press, 2011).

‘Spin the Painting’: An Interview with Nadine Robinson. In ed. Paul D. Miller, Sound Unbound: An Anthology on Sound Art, Digital Media and New Compositional Strategy, MIT Press, 2008, 293-298.

Bolnick, Deborah, Duana Fullwiley, Troy Duster, Richard Cooper, Joan H. Fujimura, Jonathan Kahn, Jay S. Kaufman, Jonathan Marks, Ann Morning, Alondra Nelson, et al. ‘The Business and Science of Ancestry Testing,’ Science 318 (5849): 399-400.

Braun, Lundy, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Duana Fullwiley, Evelynn Hammonds, Alondra Nelson, et al. (2007). ‘Racial categories in medical practice: How useful are they?Public Library of Science (PLoS): Medicine 4(9): 1423.

‘A Black Mass as Black Gothic’: Myth and Medicine in African American Cultural Nationalism,’ in New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement. Eds. Lisa Gail Collins and Margo Crawford. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006).

‘New Media and Digital Culture.’ In Ed. Colin Palmer. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas, 2nd Edition. (New York: MacMillan Reference, 2005).

‘Women and Minorities in the Scientific Community.’ In Ed. Sal Restivo, Science, Technology, and Society: An Encyclopedia. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, 649-665). (with Lindsey J. Greene).

‘Medicine and Society,’ In Ed. Sal Restivo, Science, Technology, and Society: An Encyclopedia. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, xxi-xxiv).

book reviews and commentaries

Healthcare and the 99%, Dissent Magazine, 28 October 2011.

The Social Life of DNA (Big Ideas of the Next Decade), The Chronicle Review, 3 September 2010.

Henry Louis Gates’s Exended Family, The Chronicle Review, 12 February 2010.

The Inclusion-and-Difference Paradox: A Review of Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research by Steven Epstein,’ Social Identities 15 (2009): 741-43.

‘Beyond Roots,’ The Boston Globe, February 10, 2006, A19.

Unequal Treatment,’ Review of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington. The Washington Post, January 7, 2007, B11.

‘Code Warrior.’ A Review of Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace by Ejovi Nuwere and David Chanoff. Washington Post, December 22, 2002, B03. (Reprinted as ‘The Black Hacker Who Succeeded in Business,’ Chicago Sun-Times, January 19, 2003).