Post Doc Position at Johns Hopkins

There is a new post-doc job opening ( at the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine ( at Johns Hopkins University. Inquiries should be directed to Marian Robbins . Please see details below: 

The Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine<>, Johns Hopkins University, seeks applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.  The Center is an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit that bridges the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences across the campuses of Johns Hopkins University to foster innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and to train undergraduates, graduate students, and health professionals with skills to apply critical social analysis to the understanding of health and disease.

The fellow will work closely with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of the University to foster the intellectual life of the Center, with protected time to pursue his or her research and writing.

The successful candidate will have:

1.      Defended a PhD in anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, or related field by May 31, 2018.
2.      A proven record of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the humanities and/or social sciences of health and medicine
3.      Previous Interactions with health science as well as arts and science campuses
4.      A strong research profile
5.      Excellent organizational skills

Duties will include organizing Center events; working with the Director and faculty to develop new programs; liaising with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of Johns Hopkins University; and developing online content for the Center's online and social media presence. The fellow will pursue a sustained program of research and writing, mentored by Center faculty, and make satisfactory progress towards publication goals.

Closing date for applications: March 21, 2018. Skype interviews will be conducted in early April. The term of appointment is two years, beginning July 1, 2018. Salary: $47,484 plus benefits.

Please send: cover letter; CV; statement of interest in medical humanities and/or social medicine; dissertation chapter or other writing sample; and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to our program coordinator, Marian Robbins at<>.

Johns Hopkins University is an AA/EOE and actively encourages applications from minority and women scholars. NOTE: The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a routine background check.


Upcoming BioSocial Network Meetings

Please save the date of February 9, 2018 for our next BioSocial Network meeting, to be hosted at Rutgers University by the Institute for Health (a 5 minute work from the New Brunswick NJ Transit/Amtrak train station).  We are finalizing an exciting agenda with will be posted soon.

Also please mark your calendars for Friday, May 4 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a BioSocial Network meeting to be jointly hosted with the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine on the theme of "Democracy and Participation in Health Science."  Details to follow.

Botany of Colonization, Upcoming Conference Event


Maria Thereza Alvares, Vera List Art and Politics Prize

Two day conference/ exhibition/ keynote focused on Seeds of Change,  a multi-year art project, tracking ballast flora and what it tells us about the ongoing violent legacy of colonialism.

Friday and Saturday Nov 3/4

Note RSVP links and locations differ for each event

FRIDAY (12-4:30pm)  

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Link to Eventbrite RSVP 

12-2:30pm Panel Discussion I: The Ground We're Standing On: 

Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes. 

2:30-4:30pm Panel Discussion II: Seeds as Storyteller/Witness
Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes. 

6-6:45pm Keynote  Presentation of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016-2018 to Alves, followed by a conversation between Maria and Ruth Wilson Gilmore and the opening of Alvares exhibition Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York—A Botany of Colonization.

The Auditorium at 12th Street
66 West 12th Street

 Link to RSVP

SATURDAY the focus is on the projects of the Finalists for the Vera List Prize for Art and Politics, and the ways theirs resonate with Alves' Seeds of Change

Saturday panels (12-4:00pm) 

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Link to Eventbrite RSVP

12:00-2:00pm Prize Finalists Panel Discussion I:The House We're Building:

Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes. 

2:00-4:00pmPrize Finalists Panel Discussion II: Languages For Us(e)/Ways of Knowing

Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes.

Festive Closing Reception with music, dance and song


STEM faculty job opening at The New School


Assistant/Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences. Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, an undergraduate college of The New School, invites applications for a full-time renewable term appointment in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. We seek innovative educators at the senior or junior level who can contribute to a distinctive Interdisciplinary Science Program that teaches basic scientific principles, concepts, and methods within the context of solving planetary health challenges. The program prepares students for advanced interdisciplinary study and careers in public health/epidemiology, environmental policy/natural conservation, transdisciplinary design, data visualization, and STEM communication. Candidates will be expected to maintain a research or creative practice appropriate to a liberal arts context (which can include the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or science communication) and are encouraged to develop collaborations within and outside the University. We are particularly interested in those who make connections to design, social sciences, and/or the arts, and those who have experience with informal science learning (DIY, science cafe, museums, film, STEAMD) or using cities as learning labs. Preference will be given to those candidates who have familiarity with SENCER  (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) or similar programs that place STEM, social justice, and civic engagement at the center of learning. The New School campus has two teaching laboratories (BSL2) and an extensive Making Center, which can be used to support research. The start date is July 2018. For full ad and application protocol see

Media Medica Conference at Hopkins


MEDIA MEDICA: Medicine and the Challenge of New Media

Please join us October 27-28 for an interdisciplinary conference on new media and medicine, bridging the medical campus and the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University: 

Medicine never takes places in a vacuum. Patients become ill in the context of work and family, physicians make diagnostic and therapeutic choices based on their professional training and institutional affiliations, researchers pose questions based on funding opportunities and the interests of their peers. Over the past half century, scholarship in medical history, anthropology, sociology, and the broader medical humanities has laid out the importance of these social contexts in finer and finer detail. Yet the spaces between patient, doctor, and scientist are not merely social: they are also mediated by textual and visual forms, which are expressed in a variety of media by paper and increasingly electronic technologies that make possible both intimate and global circulation of medical knowledge and practice.  Join an international group of scholars in humanities and social sciences  as well as physicians and medical educators to explore the changing roles of new media in medicine.

For more information, and to register for the co inference, please visit

This conference will  bridge the medical campus and the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University: beginning on Friday 10/27 in Hurd Hall (the historical amphitheater of the Johns Hopkins Hospital) and the East Reading Room of the Welch Medical Library, and move to Levering Hall and Gilman Hall on the Homewood Campus on Saturday 10/28.  

Planetary Health Manifesto & Other Resources

STS Adjuncts Needed at NYU

The Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is seeking PhDs in anthropology, sociology, STS, history of science, or related fields to teach the following classes in fall 2017. Recent graduates and exceptional ABDs (with teaching experience) are invited to apply. There is some flexibility in terms of course materials, instructor methods and assignments. 

Please send a short message of interest and CV to the Director of STS, Amber Benezra, Open until filled. Adjunct positions are unionized and well-compensated.

Ethics and Engineering M,W 10:30am-12:20pm

This course examines issues relating to engineering practice and applied technology. We will study foundations for moral decision making such as professional codes and ethical theories such as Kantianism and utilitarianism. These ethical tools will be applied to a range of case studies. We will also seek a deeper understanding of important issues and challenges stemming from technology with an eye to how globalization and its attendant cultural and moral pluralism affect them.

Magic Bullets and Wonder Pills T,Th 4:00pm-5:50pm

We will spend the semester investigating the history of psychoactive drugs and related medical technology, through a ‘Science and Technology Studies’ (STS) lens. After establishing some of the core concepts in STS theory, we will turn to the development of a number of different psychoactive drugs, and what these drugs tell us about wider social and structural inequalities, science and the politics of knowledge and corporatist logics.

Symbioses: A BioSocial Network FiFth Semi-Annual Retreat June 6

At this meeting we will be forming three working groups that will begin to design collaborative projects around a topic that has surfaced repeatedly in our prior meetings. These three groups will be the first in a series of working groups hosted by the network. When you register, you will be asked to select one of the following working groups: BioSocial Pegagogy, Neuroscience of Addiction, or Environment and its Limits.

RSVP by Friday, May 26*

RSVP Link:


10:30-10:40AM Welcome 

Katayoun Chamany (New School: Biology) Dorothy Roberts (UPenn: Sociology and Law), Helena Hansen (NYU: Anthropology and Psychiatry)

10:40-12PM Opening Remarks: Key Considerations for Working Groups

  • BioSocial Pedagogy: Katayoun Chamany (New School: Biology), Amber Benezra (NYU: Engineering)

  • Neuroscience of Poverty:Dorothy Roberts (UPenn: Sociology and Law), Martha Farah (UPenn: Psychology), Carl Hart (Columbia: Psychology), Sebastian Lipina (National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET))

  • The Environment and its Limits: Sabrina McCormick (George Washington: Public Health), Jeff Shaman (Columbia: Health Sciences)

12-1PM Lunch

1PM-3PM Working Group Breakout Sessions

3-4:30PM Reports to Network and Next Steps


SAVE THE DATE! Fifth Semi-Annual Biosocial Network Retreat– June 6

Please mark your calendars! The next meeting of Symbioses: A BioSocial Network Fifth Semi-Annual Retreat will take place on, Tuesday, June 6, 2017   10AM-5PM at The New School, Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, Room UL102, 63 Fifth Avenue New York, NY

We will start with morning presentations. In the afternoon we will launch topic-focused, action-oriented working groups.  Based on network member suggestions, these include:

1) Genetics and Indigeneity

2) BioSocial Pedagogy/Education,

3) BioArt. 

***Details to follow, with instructions for registration.

Postdoctoral Researcher Position-Mexican Exposures: The Bioethnograhy of Everyday Life in Mexico City

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

I am looking for a new post-doc for my ongoing project:  Mexican Exposures: The Bioethnograhy of Everyday Life in Mexico City, starting sometime this summer. 

The position is full time and will last for at least a year (probably renewable).  The work involves a mix of 1) logistical effort– ethnographic lab management, grant management etc., and 2) conceptual effort – working with me as part of an experimental collaboration with environmental health scientists and environmental engineers as we build a bioethnographic research platform focused on everyday life in Mexico City.   

Spanish is almost a must – although if they were terrific in other ways I could be flexible about that.  The post-doc could have a PhD in a wide variety of fields - anthropology, STS, feminist theory, environmental studies, ecology, social epidemiology, data science, history etc. Knowledge of Latin America, genetics, epigenetics, epidemiology, and toxicology are all pluses.  Unphased by quantification or data management a big plus.  Detail oriented a plus. Reliability and social skills a must – this is intensely collaborative work. 

There are ample opportunities for the post-doc to take parts of the project in their own direction, as well as time for their own work.  My current post-doc had time for writing articles and successfully applying for tenure track jobs (which is why I need a new post-doc).  

The post-doc needs to be in residence in Ann Arbor.  The unfortunate reality at this point, is that I don’t have the resources to help with complicated visa issues – uncomplicated ones might work, although as you know, this is getting more difficult by the day.   

Word of mouth usually works best on these occasions so if anyone comes to mind please send them my way – 

Cheers and thank you, 

Elizabeth F.S. Roberts
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Department of Anthropology

Calling all Submissions for the 3rd annual interdisciplinary population health research conference!

Population health scientists from any academic discipline, career stage, and sector committed to improving population health in the U.S. are warmly invited to submit papers and panel proposals. See the call for details. The submission deadline is April 7, 2017.

The conference, Improving Population Health: Now, Across People’s Lives and Across Generations to Come, will be held October 24, 2017 in Austin, Texas. It will bring scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds together to share and discuss the science, practice and policy of population health.

This is the third of three conferences funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Clickhere for the agendas, speakers, and photos from the two prior conferences, held in 2015 and 2016. The conference is organized by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS), the Population Research Institute at Penn State University, the Population Research

Center at the University of Texas, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University and the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required and will be open in late May. Please submit! We look forward to seeing you in Austin.

For more information about IAPHS, a new scientific organization with a cells-to-society approach to health, please see the attached flyer. 

Symbioses: A Biosocial Network, Fourth Interdisciplinary Retreat, Agenda

Hosted by the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society, and the UPenn Center for Neuroscience and Society. At Goddard Laboratories 2nd floor, 3710 Hamilton Walk (at 36th and Spruce) Philadelphia

9:30-10AMCoffee and Bagels

10-10:15AMWelcome and Goals of the Day

Dorothy Roberts (Penn Program on Race, Science and Society)

Helena Hansen (NYU Anthropology and Psychiatry)

10:15AM-12PMEcosocial Causes and Health Interventions:
Martha Farah (UPenn Neuroscience)
Emma Kowal (National University of Australia Anthropology and Medicine)

Mindy Fullilove (New School for Social Research Urban Policy and Health)
Alonzo Plough (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) 


1-2:20PMChemical Cultures
Carl Hart(Columbia Psychiatry and Psychology)
Anita Hardon (University of Amsterdam Anthropology)
Helena Hansen (NYU Anthropology and Psychiatry)

2:20-3:40PMSocial Lives of Microbes

Richard Cone (Johns Hopkins Biophysics)
Amber Benezra (NYU Anthropology)

Paul Planet (UPenn Pediatric Infectious Disease)

3:40-4PMCoffee Break

4-5PMGoing Global with Biosocial Research
Projit Mukherji (UPenn History and Sociology of Science)
Sarah Tishkoff (Genetics and Biology, UPenn)
(Discussants Emma Kowal and Anita Hardon)

5-5:30PMReflections and Next Steps