Core Department Faculty

Bliss, Catherine


c bliss ucsfCatherine Bliss
Ph.D. New School for Social Research 

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Office: Davison Hall
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Dr. Bliss’s research examines the sociology of today's newest avenues in science and medicine: genomics and postgenomics. Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice reveals how DNA science has emerged to become the newest authority on the meaning of race. It demonstrates the institutionalization of academic-industry-governmental ties as well as the crystallization of a set of deterministic notions of race that perpetuate social inequality even as they aim to prevent it. Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics illuminates cutting edge developments in gene-environment science as natural and social scientists partner to create DNA analyses of social behavior. Following a small group of innovators, it exposes the evolution of a new field of genomics. This field evinces novel patterns in interdisciplinarity, such as transdisciplinarity marked by power imbalances in genetic versus social science. These imbalances shape the way the field constructs notions of race, gender, and sexuality.