About Anne Pollock

Anne Pollock is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Culture in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She is also the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in STS.

Pollock’s research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture, theories of race and gender, and how science and medicine are mobilized in social justice projects. She is 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.

Her 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.” She is 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).


Selected Publications

“Places of pharmaceutical knowledge-making: Global health, postcolonial science, and hope in South African drug discovery,” Social Studies of Science, Published online before print August 24, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0306312714543285.

“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 ValuesPublished online before print June 12, 2014, doi:10.1177/0162243914539569.

“Coronary artery disease and the contours of pharmaceuticalization,” coauthored with David S. Jones, Social Science & Medicine, Published online before print, June 23, 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.035.

Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2012.

“Transforming the Critique of Big Pharma,” BioSocieties 6.1 (March 2011): 106-118.

“Reading Friedan Toward a Feminist Articulation of Heart Disease,” Body & Society 16.4 (December 2010): 77-97.