Wesleyan portrait of Anthony Ryan Hatch

Anthony Ryan Hatch

Associate Professor of Science in Society

Allbritton Center, 214

Associate Professor, African American Studies

Allbritton Center,

Associate Professor, Sociology

Allbritton Center,


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AB Dartmouth College
MA University of Maryland College Park
PHD University of Maryland College Park

Anthony Ryan Hatch

Anthony Ryan Hatch is a sociologist and author Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). His specific areas of specialization are science and technology studies, medical humanities, and political sociology. Blood Sugar examines how the metabolic syndrome constitutes a new way for scientists to study and treat diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, a new discourse that reproduces biological and genetic concepts of race and ethnicity, and a political strategy that obscures how institutionalized racisms shape human metabolism. Recent interviews about Blood Sugar on RisingUpWithSonali.com with Sonali Kolhatkar and listen to the audio of my recent interview on Information is the Best Medicine with Glenn Ellis. His published research on Blood Sugar can be found in The Scientist MagazineCatalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society

Professor Hatch is working on three new projects in 2018. First, his new book, tentatively titled "Silent Cells: Psychotropics and Mass Confinement," is a sociology of knowledge analysis of the uses and meanings of psychotropic drugs in institutionalized mental health care settings in the United States. Published research related to Silent Cells can be found in Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism and 50 Years After Deinstititutionalization: Mental Illness in Contemporary Communities.

Second, along with a group of brilliant Wesleyan student collaborators, he is the co-creator and curator of "Black Pheonix Rising: Death and Resurrection of Black Lives," a multimedia digital scholarship and cultural arts project that explores the contours of antiracist resistance and human freedom. "Black Phoenix Rising" will be featured in the Ezra and and Cecilia Zilkha Art Gallery (South Gallery) February 22-February 25, 2018 in Middletown, CT and will go online in Spring 2018. 

Third, also with two Wesleyan students (Julia Gordon and Sonya Sternlieb), he is developing a new STS research project focused on race, biotechnology, and the artificial pancreas.

His other research on science, technology, and inequality can be found in Radical History Review, Issues in Race and SocietyCriminal Justice Studies

You can watch his 2016 Wesleyan Thinks Big talk, titled On Serving Others: Labor and Justice in the New Gilded Age and read his Faculty Reflection at Wesleyan's 2017 Senior Voices (Baccalaureate).

His Wesleyan courses include Cultural Studies of Health, Metabolism and Technoscience, Life and Death: Relations of Biopower and Necropower, Antipsychiatry, TechnoPrisons: Corrections, Technology, and Society; Black Pheonix Rising: Death and Ressurection in Black Lives, and Sociology of Knowledge.  

Professor Hatch earned his AB in Philosophy at Dartmouth College and his MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He spent years working in community-based public health research at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2018: Thursdays, 3-4:30pm and by appointment


Spring 2018
SISP 210O - 01
Sociology of Knowledge

SISP 230 - 01

SISP 262 - 01
Cultural Studies of Health

Fall 2018
SISP 215 - 01
Metabolism and Technoscience

SISP 262 - 01
Cultural Studies of Health