AnthroBites: Scientific Racism

AnthroBites is a new series from the AnthroPod team, designed to make anthropology more digestible. Each episode tackles a key concept, text, or theme, and breaks it down into manageable, bite-sized chunks.

Our guest for this episode is Rachel Watkins, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at American University, who talks us through the origins and legacies of scientific racism. For more on Watkins’s approach to teaching and research in anthropology, check out this recent interview in American University’s Blackprint.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Watkins.

Further Resources

Key Figures Mentioned in This Episode

Learn More about Scientific Racism

Image from “Race: Are We So Different?”

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Music: Sweeter Vermouth by Kevin MacLeod.