About Anne Pollock

BA, Brandeis University

I am an Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Society in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. I am also the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in STS.

My research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture, theories of race and gender, and how science and medicine are mobilized in social justice projects. I am particularly interested in how medical categories and technologies are enrolled in telling stories about identity and difference, especially with regard to race, gender, and citizenship.

My first book, Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference, tracks the intersecting discourses of race, pharmaceuticals, and cardiovascular disease in the United States from the founding of cardiology to the controversial approval of BiDil for heart failure in “self-identified black patients.” This informs my ongoing work with the Working Group on Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine.  I am also engaged in ongoing projects in three areas: feminist theory and the heart; American health disparities and citizenship claims; and drug discovery efforts by and for the Global South (specifically South Africa).  An interactive site on this last project can be explored at


Recent Publications

“Heart Feminism,” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 1.1(September 2015): 30pp.

“Coronary artery disease and the contours of pharmaceuticalization,” coauthored with David S. Jones, Social Science & Medicine 131 (April 2015): 221–227.

“On the Suspended Sentences of the Scott Sisters: Mass Incarceration, Kidney Donation, and the Biopolitics of Race in the United States,” Science, Technology, and Human Values, 40.2 (March 2015): 250-271.

“Places of pharmaceutical knowledge-making: Global health, postcolonial science, and hope in South African drug discovery,” Social Studies of Science, 44.6 (December 2014): 848–873.

See CV for full list of publications.

Please feel free to email me to request PDF copies of articles or chapters.