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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Assistant Professor of Science in Society

Allbritton Center, 214

Assistant Professor, African American Studies

Assistant Professor, Sociology


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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 whose teaching and scholarship examine questions about science, technology, and inequality. His specific areas of specialization are science and technology studies, medical sociology, critical social theories, and political sociology.His new book, Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), examines how a new biomedical concept called “metabolic syndrome” constitutes a new way for scientists to study and treat metabolic health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, a way of reproducing biological and genetic concepts of race and ethnicity, and a political strategy that obscures how institutionalized racisms shape human metabolism. Recent media 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. Blood Sugar has been excerpted in The Scientist Magazine, a periodical for life scientists, and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Professor Hatch's current project focuses on the uses and meanings of psychotropic drugs in institutionalized mental health care settings in the United States. This project, tentatively titled "Silent Cells: Psychotropics and Institutionalized Life," investigates how psychotropic drugs function as technologies of biosocial control in an era of mass incarceration. 

His research is published in Issues in Race and SocietyCriminal Justice StudiesRoutledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society; Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism; 50 Years After Deinstititutionalization: Mental Illness in Contemporary Communities. You can also watch my 2016 Wesleyan Thinks Big talk, titled On Serving Others: Labor and Justice in the New Gilded Age. Professor Hatch's recent courses include Cultural Studies of Health, Metabolism and Technoscience, Life and Death: Relations of Biopower and Necropower, Antipsychiatry, and TechnoPrisons: Corrections, Technology, and Society

Professor Hatch earned his AB in Philosophy at Dartmout 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. 

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