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Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Anthropology & M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley; B.S. Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Adriana Petryna is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. In her ethnographic studies in Eastern Europe and the United States, she probes the socio-political natures of science, how populations are enrolled in experimental knowledge-production, and what becomes of citizenship and ethics in that process. She is the author of the award-winning books Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl and When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, and co-editor of Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices and When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health. Petryna’s explorations of biological citizenship, ethical variability, and experimentality broke new ground in the social sciences and advances the critical study of global health. Her body of work was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Wellcome Medal. In her new book project, What is a Horizon? Abrupt Climate Change and Human Futures, she focuses on the social complexities of abrupt environmental shifts and argues for horizoning as a distinct intellectual and ethical labor. At Penn, Petryna directs the MD-PhD program in Anthropology as well as the undergraduate program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the School for Advanced Research. She was a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and, most recently, a Faculty Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values.
- Sharon Stephens First Book Prize, American Ethnological Society, American Anthropological Association, 2003
- New Millenium Book Award, Society for Medical Anthropology, 2006
- The Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems, Royal Anthropological Institute, 2014
Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices, Edited by Adriana Petryna, Andrew Lakoff, Arthur Kleinman (Duke University Press, 2006).
When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials And The Global Search For Human Subject (Princeton University Press, 2009).
- Diana Forsythe Prize, Honorable Mention, Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC), 2014
When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, Edited by João Biehl & Adriana Petryna (Princeton University Press, 2013).
Recently Taught Courses
Cultures of Science and Technology; Local Biologies: Interactions between Biological and Cultural Systems; Pharmaceuticals and Global Health; Global Health; Anthropology of the Environment
Advanced Topics in Science and Technology; Theory in Contemporary Ethnography; Cultures of Medicine: Care at the Limits of Life and Death; Rethinking Healing; Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Culture and Society; Formations of the Public
ANTH260 Cultures of Science and Technology
ANTH238 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH554 Truth, Politics, Ethics: Anthropological Cases
ANTH617 Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Culture and Society
ANTH273 Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives
ANTH429 Anthropology of the Environment
Anthropology Department Faculty; Faculty Associate, History and Sociology of Science; Associate Member, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania; Faculty Advisor, The Lauder Institute; Member, Graduate Group in International Studies