Session 2: Case Study: Race, Racial Categorization and Racism in Medicine Today


Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics
University of California, Berkeley
Joint medical program
School of Public Health

Osagie K. Obasogie, JD, Ph.D., is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society. Obasogie’s academic interests include constitutional law, bioethics, sociology of law and medicine, and reproductive technologies and genetics. His writing has appealed to academic and public audiences, with journal articles published in places such as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review (forthcoming), Virginia Law Review (forthcoming), Cornell Law Review, California Law Review, and Law & Society Review, as well as comments in media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist. His first book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind (Stanford University Press) received the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association. His second book, Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics (University of California Press, co-edited with Marcy Darnovsky), is an anthology that examines the past, present and future of bioethics. His next book is under contract with Stanford University Press and explores the often overlooked limitations of DNA databases when used in criminal investigations. Obasogie received his BA in Sociology and Political Science (with honors in both majors) from Yale University, his JD from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and his doctorate. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a member of the National Science Foundation.


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