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Meet Dr. Diane B. Paul

Jan 1, 2018, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Diane B. Paul, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Diane B. Paul, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Paul will be in residence from January 2018 through March 2018.

Diane B. Paul is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Research Associate in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Since 2004, when she retired from UMass Boston, she has held visiting teaching appointments at the Center for Society and Genetics at UCLA and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and research appointments at the University of British Columbia, the Harvard Medical School Program in Ethics and Health, the Vrige University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Science and Innovation Unit at the University of Edinburgh, and the Zoology Department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ.

Dr. Paul's research has primarily focused on the histories of evolution and genetics, especially in relation to eugenics and the nature-nurture debate. She has also published policy-oriented work on controversies over cousin marriage and on contemporary prenatal and neonatal genetic testing. Her books include Controlling Human Heredity: 1865 to the Present (Humanities/Random House, 1995), The Politics of Heredity: Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate (SUNY Press, 1998), The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease (with Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), and, most recently, Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa (co-edited by John Stenhouse and Hamish G. Spencer; Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

During her residency as a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Paul hopes to make progress on her major current project: “The Quest for Objectivity in Prenatal Genetic Care: Conundrums of the ‘Pro-Information’ Movement.”