January 25 Jan 25
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday Tue

Pathology Grand Rounds

Presenting Guest Lecturer: Lundy Braun, PhD

Brown University and STS Program

"Understanding the racialization of spirometry: Why history matters."

The Pathology Grand Rounds is open to those affiliated with Stanford University Medical Center and invited guests only. The objective is to increase knowledge in the field of Pathology. There is no commercial support received for this course unless otherwise specified.

Per COVID restrictions Grand Rounds are now available via ZOOM until further notice. Please contact Roomana Patel at roomana@stanford.edu or 650-725-9352 for ZOOM login information.

This lecture is hosted by Stanford Pathology Faculty

About the Speaker

Lundy Braun, PhD

Professor of Medical Science, Professor of Africana Studies

Lundy Braun is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Africana Studies and a member of the STS Program. The overarching goal of her research is to analyze the historical role of science in the production of racial hierarchies.  Specifically, her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the epistemological dimensions of structures of racism and inequalities and naturalization of human difference in medicine and public health. Projects include 1) the history of race and racism embedded in theories and mathematic formulas assessing lung function and kidney function.  2) the social, political, and scientific production of invisibility about work-related diseases due to asbestos and silica exposure in the mines of South Africa; and 3) the contemporary debate over race, genomics, and health inequality, as it impacts explanatory frameworks and medical pedagogy. She has participated in national and international workshops on race, imperialism, genetics, and health. She has been a recipient of a Professional Development Award from the NSF; a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Public Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and a Scholar Award from the NSF.  She has also organized a Working Group on Race, Medicine, and Social Justice at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University.

She is the author of Breathing Race into the Machine:  The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), for which she received the 2018 Ludwig Fleck Award from the 4S (and Honorable Mention for the 2017 Rachel Carson Award.)