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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Professor of Science and Technology Studies

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Chair, Science and Technology Studies

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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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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Anthony Ryan Hatch, Ph.D., is a sociologist and Professor of Science in Society at Wesleyan University with affiliations in the Department of African American Studies, College of the Environment, and 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 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 as part of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP, cohort 31) sponsored by the American Sociological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health (2004-2007). Dr. Hatch held a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS,  substance use, and mental health research in at the Morehouse School of Medicine (2009-2011). 

Dr. Hatch lectures widely on health systems, medical technology, and social inequalities, appearing in the PBS documentary Blood Sugar Rising. He received the 2022 Robin W. Williams Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and served as the 2023 William Allan Neilson Professor at Smith College. He is a co-lead in the Sydney Center for Healthy Societies, a member of the Health and Social Equity Collective at King’s College London and the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network at Rutgers University, and is a fellow in The Hastings Center.

Dr. Hatch is a member of a National Academy of Medicine ad hoc committee creating a governance framework for equity in emerging technologies in health and medicine. Dr. Hatch serves on several national and international scientific advisory boards including the National Advisory Committee for the Opioid Industry Documents Archive, the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Discovery Advisory Group, 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 founding 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 has been involved with the IDEAS Program, Center for Prison Education, Creative Campus Initative, and the Embodying Antiracism Initative. He is the faculty advisor for the student-run Espwesso Cafe and 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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For current students, advisees, and Wesleyan alumni, Professor Hatch maintains virtual and in-person office hours by appointment only: https://calendly.com/anthonyhatch




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