GRAD 219: Research on Racism in Science Mini-Courses

We're excited to announce a new series of mini-courses for UCSF PhD students offered by the Graduate Division Dean’s Office.

About the Courses

Open to first year students, these mini-courses build on the lessons of GRAD 202: Racism in Science by providing opportunities for reading and discussion around a more specific topic. Each course offering will focus on literature and scholarship at the intersection of race, racism, and social justice, with biomedical research and health. Students will be expected to evaluate assigned readings critically before class and to present and discuss themes in class. Students will also be expected to write and present an essay that includes critical analysis of topics covered.

Spring 2021 Mini-Courses

Colonial and Carceral Legacies in Sciences and Medicine

Instructor: Carlos Martinez, Medical Anthropology

Dates: Monday, April 19 - Friday, May 7, 2021
Schedule: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, MWF
Maximum Class Size: 30

Course Description: This course will examine colonial and carceral legacies undergirding the development of science and medicine in the Western world. The course will draw on texts from a wide range of disciplines, including medical anthropology, history of science and medicine, ethnic studies, and science and technology studies. Perspectives on decolonial and abolitionist responses and interventions will be explored and discussed.

Instructor Bio: Carlos Martinez is a UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellow and PhD candidate in the joint program in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. His research focuses on migrant and refugee health, post-deportation experiences, statelessness, criminality and abolition, and colonial and decolonial approaches to medicine in the United States and Latin America. His current project examines the intersecting and contradictory logics of care, violence, and surveillance ensnaring Mexican deportees and Central American refugees in the U.S./Mexico borderlands, along with the emerging forms of mutual aid and social solidarity.

These mini-courses will be taught by UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellows (Social and Population Sciences PhD students). As part of the UC Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Doctoral Diversity Initiative, this competitive fellowship is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who show potential to become excellent faculty or researchers in institutions of higher education, as well as to foster multi-faceted diversity in graduate education at the University of California.

For Spring 2021, all mini-courses will be offered online. Instructions for Zoom meetings will be sent by the course instructor.