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Duana Fullwiley

Duana Fullwiley is an anthropologist of science and medicine whose fieldwork with scientists, patients, and larger publics explores the interplay of genetics and cultural politics in Senegal, France, and the United States. She writes broadly about genetics, ethics, and how people imagine and seed ideas of human difference. She is the author of The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa as well as numerous articles on ancestry genetics in the United States. The larger themes of her work have also inspired her artistic engagements with medical power and scientific legacies that emerge in her poetry, published in Ars Medica. She has received awards from the Fulbright Scholars Program, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Wrenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.  She teaches at Stanford University.


Home DNA ancestry kits include no ancestors, instead comparing customers to other present-day people based on assumptions about race and ethnicity. So what are they actually selling?

Duana Fullwiley