Joanna Radin

Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine and of History

Departments & Organizations

Anthropology & Culture

History of Medicine

Research Interests

History of biology, medicine, and anthropology since 1945; Scientific expeditions; Biomedical ethics, human subjects research, collections, and laboratories; History of global health; Biomedical technology. 


  • B.S., Cornell University, 2002
  • M.S., Cornell University, 2004
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Emma Kowal, Joanna Radin, Jenny Reardon. (2013) “Indigenous Body Parts, Mutating Temporalities, and the Half-Lives of Postcolonial Technoscience” Programmatic introduction to special issue of Social Studies of Science on “Indigenous Body Parts and Postcolonial Technoscience.” 43(4)
  • Joanna Radin. (2013) “Latent Life: Concepts and Practices of Tissue Preservation in the International Biological Program.” Social Studies of Science 43(4): 483-508.
  • “Studying Mandela’s children: human biology in post-Apartheid South Africa” An interview with Noel Cameron, by Joanna Radin. (2012) For special issue, “The Biological Anthropology of Living Human Populations: World Histories, National Styles and International Networks” Current Anthropology, 53 (S5).


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