Hannah Landecker

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Hannah Landecker is an author and Associate Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Her research interests are the social and historical study of biotechnology and life science, from 1900 to the present, the intersections of biology and technology, with a particular focus on cells, and the in vitro conditions of life in research settings. [1] Hannah Landecker was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rice University through 2007. She was a visiting scholar at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas's Institute for Medical Humanities in 2004, where she worked on a project that examined the changing human relationship to living matter in an age of biotechnology. Through a history of the technical manipulation of living cells, she looked at how biological things, including those made with human tissues, have been turned into tools and commercial objects. She is also worked on developing new methods and curricula for teaching the history and social study of biotechnology to undergraduates. [2] Dr. Landecker has degrees from the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT (PhD), and the University of British Columbia (BSc). Recent work includes looking at ways in which antibiotic resistance has become a key marker of the Anthropocene.[3]


  • Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies; Harvard University Press (2007) [1] [2]
  • Cellular Features: Microcinematography and Early Film Theory, Critical Inquiry 31(4):903-937. (2005)[3]
  • Living Differently in Time: Plasticity, Temporality, and Cellular Biotechnologies, Culture Machine 7 (2005) [4]
  • Immortality, In Vitro: A History of the HeLa Cell Line. Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics, ed. Paul Brodwin; Indiana University Press: 53-74. (2000)


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