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Troy Duster

Silver Professor; Professor Emeritus of Sociology , Bioethics

Ph.D. 1962, Northwestern University; M.A. 1959, University of California (Los Angeles); B.A. 1957, Northwestern University.

Office Address: 

295 Lafayette St., Room 4143

Office Hours: 

On Leave


(212) 998-8882

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Sociology of science; sociology of knowledge; deviance and control; sociology of law; race and ethnicity; policy; deviance.

Curriculum Vitae


2002 Hatfield Scholars Award; American Sociological Association's DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award (5/2001); Social scientist to the National Advisory Commission for The Decade of Behavior - 2000-2001; Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science Ethical; Social Issues Panel, Genetic Therapy Germline Intervention.

"Lessons from History: Why Race and Ethnicity Have Played A Major Role in Biomedical Research," in Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Fall 2006.  Click here to read.

"Explaining Differential Trust of DNA Forensic Technology: Grounded Assessment or Inexplicable Paranoia?," in Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Summer 2006.  Click here to read.

With Alice Waters: "Engaged Learning across the Curriculum: The Vertical Integration of Food for Thought," in Liberal Education, 92:2, Spring 2006.  Click here to read.

"Race and Reification in Science," in Science, 18 February 2005 307: 1050-1051.  Click here to read. 

"The Sociology of Science and the Revolution in Molecular Biology," in J.R. Blau, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Sociology, London and New York: Blackwell, 2001.

"The Morphing Properties of Whiteness," in B. Rasmussen, E. Klinenberg, I. Nexica and M. Wray, eds., The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.

"The Social Consequences of Genetic Disclosure," in Ronald Carson and Mark Rothstein, eds., Culture and Biology, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

"Selective Arrests, an Ever-Expanding DNA Forensic Database, and the Specter of an Early Twenty-First Century Equivalent of Phrenology," in David Lazer (ed.) DNA and the Criminal Justice System: The Technology of Justice, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. Click here to read. 

"The Hidden Eugenic Potential of Germ-Line Interventions," in Audrey R. Chapman and Mark S. Frankel, Designing our Descendants: The Promises and Perils of Genetic Modifications, Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003, 156-178. Click here to read.

“Buried Alive: The Concept of Race in Science,” in Alan H. Goodman, Deborah Heath, and M. Susan Lindee, eds., Genetic Nature / Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide, Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 2003, 258-277. Click here to read.

Updated on 04/10/2014