Sarah S. Richardson

Sarah S. Richardson

Professor of the History of Science & Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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Areas of Research: History of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Science & Race, Women & Gender Studies

Sarah Richardson, Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, is a historian and philosopher of science who studies the sciences of sex, gender, sexuality, and reproduction. Richardson is the author of Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome (2013). She is currently completing a book, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, on the history of theories of maternal-fetal effects in heredity. Richardson has published two edited volumes, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age (2008) and Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology After the Genome (2015), articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, BioSocieties, The Hastings Report, and Biology and Philosophy, and commentaries in Nature, PNAS, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Her work has also appeared in popular forums such as Slate,, and The Boston Globe. Richardson's research has been supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women. She is a member of the Governing Board of the International Association for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology and an Associate Editor at Signs


Stanford University.  M.A., Ph.D., Modern Thought and Literature.  
Columbia University.  B.A., Philosophy.


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