Sarah S. Richardson

Sarah S. Richardson

Professor of the History of Science & Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Areas of Research: History of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Science & Race, Women & Gender Studies


Sarah S. Richardson is Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. A historian and philosopher of science, Richardson is a leading scholar of gender and science whose work argues for conceptual rigor and social responsibility in scientific research on sex, gender, sexuality, and reproduction. She directs the Harvard GenderSci Lab, a collaborative, interdisciplinary research lab dedicated to generating concepts, methods, and theories for biomedical research on sex and gender. Richardson serves on the Standing Committees for Degrees in Social Studies and for the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard.

Richardson is the author of The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects and Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome. She has published two edited volumes, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age and Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology After the Genome, articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyStudies in History and Philosophy of Science, BioSocieties, the Hastings Report, and Biology and Philosophy, and commentaries in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Her work has also appeared in popular forums such as Slate, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe.

Richardson's research has been supported by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women. She has served on the Governing Board of the International Association for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology and is a member of the editorial boards of Signs and Bulletin of the History of Medicine.


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


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