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Barbara Herr Harthorn
Director, NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society; Research Executive Committee & IRG Leader, NSF/EPA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Professor of Feminist Studies, Anthropology, & Sociology
Barbara Herr Harthorn, Principal Investigator and Director of the CNS, is also Professor of Feminist Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology at UCSB. In the CNS-UCSB she leads Interdisciplinary Research Group 3, which focuses on public, expert and media views on nanotechnologies' risks. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the NSF/EPA UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN). In the UC CEIN she leads Interdisciplinary Research Group 7, which conducts research on nanomaterials and Environmental Risk Perception. Her research broadly examines culture and health, health inequality, and technological risk and perception; in particular she is studying the intersections of socially constructed risk with gender, ethnicity/race, and other categories of difference.
Her current work in the CNS-UCSB examines nanotechnological risk perception among both experts and diverse US and comparative UK publics. Her work is published in a variety of social science, medical care, public health, environmental science and technology, technology and society, and nanoscience journals. She is editor (with Laury Oaks) of Risk, Culture, and Health Inequality: Shifting Perceptions of Danger and Blame (2003). She received a doctorate in medical anthropology and transcultural psychiatry from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College; she completed postdoctoral research in social psychology at UCSB.