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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Professor of Science in Society

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Professor, African American Studies

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Professor, College of the Environment

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Professor, Sociology

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Professor, Environmental Studies

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Coordinator, Sustainability and Environmental Justice

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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, Ph.D., is a sociologist and Professor of the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University where is he is also affiliated faculty in the Department of African American Studies, the College of the Environment, and the Department of Sociology. He is the author of Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (Minnesota, 2019) and Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (Minnesota, 2016). He recently appeared in the PBS documentary Blood Sugar Rising and lectures widely on health systems, medical technology, and social inequalities. He is a co-lead in the Sydney Center for Healthy Societies, a member of the Health and Social Equities Hub at King’s College London, and is a fellow in The Hastings Center. Dr. Hatch received the 2022 Robin W. Williams Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Eastern Sociological Society. He earned his A.B. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park. 

Dr. Hatch also serves on several scientific advisory boards including the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Discovery Advisory Group and the Community Development Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is on the editorial boards of Science, Technology & Human Values and the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.

At Wesleyan, Dr. Hatch is the director of Black Box Labs, an undergraduate research and training laboratory that offers students training in qualitative research methods aligned with science and technology studies and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on social research. Dr. Hatch also serves as the faculty coordinator for the Sustainability & Environmental Justice Pedagogical Initiative and Course Cluster and is involved with the Center for Prison Education, Creative Campus Initative, and the Embodying Antiracism Initative. He is the faculty advisor for the student-run Espwesso Cafe and proudly serves on the executive board of the Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance

Recent publications:

Anthony Ryan Hatch. "The Data Will Not Save Us: Afropesimism and Racial Antimatter in the COVID-19 Pandemic,"
 Big Data & Society. Published Online First February 23, 2022. 

Anthony Ryan Hatch. “Du Boisian Propaganda, Foucauldian Genealogy, and Antiracism in STS Research,” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6 (2020): 58-65.

Anthony Ryan Hatch, Sonya Sternlieb, and Julia Gordon. “Sugar Ecologies and their Metabolic and Racial Effects,” Food, Culture, and Society Special Issue, 2019. 

Anthony Ryan Hatch, Julia Gordon, and Sonya Sternlieb. “The Artificial Pancreas in Cyborg Bodies,” pp. in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment, eds. Natalie Boreo and Katherine Mason. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020).

Anthony Ryan Hatch and Deja Knight. “Food Sovereignty and Wellness in Urban African American Communities,” pp. 271-287 in Well-Being as a Multi-Dimensional Concept: Understanding Connections between Culture, Community, and Health, ed. Janet Page-Reeves. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019).

Anthony Ryan Hatch. “Billions Served: Prison Food Regimes, Nutritional Punishment, and Gastronomical Resistance,” pp. 67-84 in Captivating Technology: Race, Technoscience, and the Carceral Imagination, ed. Ruha Benjamin (Durham: Duke University Press, 2019). 

Anthony Ryan Hatch. “­­Against Diabetic Numerology in a Black Body, or Why I Cannot Live by the Numbers,” pp. 231-234 in Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations. Chris Bobel and Samantha Kwan eds. (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2019).

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***I am on sabbatical leave from July 1, 2022- July 1, 2023. In spring 2023, I will be the William Allan Neilson Professor at Smith College.