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Alondra Nelson

Professor | Institute for Advanced Study

Alondra Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Chair and Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent research center in Princeton, New Jersey. Nelson’s contributions to the study of science, technology, race, and social citizenship—and their intersections—are explored in her acclaimed books The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016); Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race and History (2012; with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee); Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination (2011); Afrofuturism (2002) and Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (2001; with Thuy Linh Tu). Nelson is currently serving in the Biden-Harris administration as Deputy Director for Science and Society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She was also the 14th President of the Social Science Research Council.

Alondra Nelson served on the Steering Committee that informed the creation of the Just Tech Fellowship.