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Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Spring 2016

Sophia Roosth is Associate Professor in Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. She earned her PhD in 2010 in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2013-2014 she was the Joy Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Roosth has published widely in journals, including Critical Inquiry, Representations, Differences, American Anthropologist, Science, and Grey Room.


In her first book, Synthetic: How Life Got Made, Roosth asks what happens to “life” as a conceptual category when experimentation and fabrication converge. Grounded in an ethnographic study of synthetic biologists, she documents the profound shifts biology has undergone in the post-genomic age. Her work details the social, cultural, rhetorical, taxonomic, economic, and imaginative transformations in recent biology.

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