Saturday, October 3, 2009

Gender and Women's Studies Fall Colloquia - Professor Osagie Obasogie

A Closer Look at the IOM's Recommendation to Loosen Restrictions on Using Prisoners as Human Subjects

Professor Osagie Obasogie, Associate Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Visiting Scholar, University of California, San Francisco; Senior Fellow, Center for Genetics and Society

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
20 Barrows Hall

Professor Obasogie received his B.A. with distinction from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor for the National Black Law Journal. He also received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a fellow with the National Science Foundation.

Obasogie’s research looks at the complex interplay between law and society with regard to American race relations. His most recent work involves developing regulatory schemes for reproductive and genetic technologies that encourage innovation, protect vulnerable communities, and promote the public good. His writings have spanned both academic and public audiences, with journal articles in the Law and Society Review (forthcoming), Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (forthcoming), Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics along with commentaries in outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and New Scientist.

Professor Obasogie and the Center for Genetics and Society recently published a report on race and human biotechnology entitled Playing the Gene Card? The report focuses on three biotech applications that may have particular risks for African-Americans and other minority communities: race-specific drugs, genetic ancestry tests, and DNA forensics. For more information, please visit

Sponsored by: Li Ka Shing Program in Gender and Science in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies

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