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First Five with Alondra Nelson


Alondra Nelson teaches sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary social scientist, she writes about the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and inequality. She is author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination (Minnesota, 2011). She is also an editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers, 2012), Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (NYU, 2001) and Afrofuturism,” a special issue of Social Text (2002).Her publications also include articles on race and digital culture; “scientism” in black power politics; the use of racial categories in medicine; and the social implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, genetic genealogy and social media. Visit her website at

Here are Alondra's first five...