Alondra Nelson (“The Social Life of DNA,” opening plenary on Thursday, April 22, at 7:00-8:30) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. She also holds an appointment in the Institute for Research on Woman and Gender. Author of the forthcoming Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Politics of Health and Race (University of California Press), her research areas include race and ethnicity in the U.S. and socio-historical studies of medicine, science and technology. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in July 2009, Nelson taught in the departments of sociology and African American studies at Yale University, where she was a recipient of the Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching. She has been a visiting scholar at BIOS: Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society at the London School of Economics, the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University and the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie in Munich, Germany. Nelson received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2003.
Jennifer Terry (“ Woundscapes of the 21st Century: Gender, Technology, and the Figure of the Damaged Veteran,” luncheon plenary on Friday, April 23, at 1:00-2:00) is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California Irvine with affiliations in Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies, the Art, Computation, and Engineering graduate program, and the Culture and Theory Ph.D. program. She is the author of An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society (University of Chicago Press, 1997). Terry is the coordinator of the Queer Studies program at UCI, and was the chair of Women’s Studies from July 2005 to June 2008. Her research is concentrated in feminist cultural studies; science and technology studies; comparative and historical formations of gender, race, and sexuality; critical approaches to modernity; and American studies in transnational perspective. Professor Terry came to UCI after a decade of academic employment at UC Berkeley and Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz in 1992.