Dr. Ezelle Sanford III, a PRSS postdoctoral fellow from 2019-2021, is now an Assistant Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. As a fellow, Ezelle researched the history and legacy of enslavement and its relationship to the institutional development of the Perelman School of Medicine, medical education, and the production of medical knowledge and practice. Ezelle earned his Ph.D. in History and History of Science from Princeton University in 2019.
October 13, 2021
April 29, 2021
Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society
Response to Retention and Use of MOVE Bombing Victims’ Remains by the Penn Museum
April 19, 2021
"The Morton collection was amassed largely to serve its collector’s racist belief in white European supremacy, which he thought could be established by the measurement of skulls.
According to Mitchell’s report, some of the collection’s skulls of Black and white Philadelphians were taken from the burial grounds used by the Blockley Almshouse and its successor institutions, Philadelphia Hospital and Philadelphia General Hospital."
April 12, 2021
Associate Professor Bridgette Brawner, a member of the Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) Faculty Working Group, was awarded the Diversity and Equity Award by The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN). For more information about Dr. Brawner, her work, and this award, see: https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/news/1909-international-award-for-pen...
February 15, 2021
PRSS Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery (PMAS) affiliated doctoral fellow Paul Wolff Mitchell, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, has authored a report documenting that the remains of fourteen Black Philadelphians are found in the Samuel George Morton cranial collection and that some of these individuals were likely born enslaved. Morton, who was affiliated with Penn Medicine in the 1840s, was one of America’s first “scientific” racists and collected and measured skulls to prove white supremacy in the 1830-50s.
January 7, 2021
PRSS Director, Dorothy Roberts, has recently published two articles in leading medical journals on the consequences of race-based medicine:
- "Abolish race correction," Lancet (2021) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32716-1/fulltext
October 20, 2020
PRSS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ezelle Sanford III, collaboratively with Dr. J.
October 7, 2020
PRSS Director, Professor Dorothy Roberts, was recently featured on Bill Nye's podcast Science Rules. The title of the episode is: "Science is Racist. Here's How to Fix It" Listen here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/science-rules-with-bill-nye/e/78213069?...
September 17, 2020
PRSS Director, Dorothy Roberts and Chaplain Charles Howard have contributed a Guest Column to the Daily Pennsylvanian on public safety and the Penn community. Read more here: https://www.thedp.com/article/2020/09/upenn-racism-ivy-league-police-bru...
September 8, 2020
Former PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley, now Visiting Assistant Professor in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University, has recently published in the African American Intellectual History Society's (AAIHS) award-winning, peer-reviewed blog, Black Perspectives. In her recent publication, Prof.