Hannah Landecker

Associate Professor of Sociology

University of California, Los Angeles

Acting Director for the Institute for Society and Genetics

University of California, Los Angeles

Hannah Landecker received her B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 1993 and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. She  uses the tools of history and social science to study contemporary developments in the life sciences, and their historical taproots in the twentieth century.  She has taught and researched in the fields of history of science, anthropology and sociology. At UCLA she is cross-appointed between the Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Sociology Department. She is currently working on a book called American Metabolism, which looks at transformations to the metabolic sciences wrought by the rise of epigenetics, microbiomics, cell signaling and hormone biology.

Landecker’s work focuses on the social and historical study of biotechnology and life science, from 1900 to now. She published Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies with Harvard University Press in 2007. She is interested in the intersections of biology and technology, with a particular focus on cells, and the in vitro conditions of life in research settings.