John Hartigan on Race, Genomics, and Biology

In November's episode of AnthroPod, John Hartigan, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies, talks about his work on race, plant and human genomics in Mexico. He discusses how race is not something that we biologically are or collectively believe, but something that we learn to do, including in our relations with plants and animals. 

John Hartigan

John Hartigan's essay, "Mexican Genomics and the Roots of Racial Thinking," appears in the August 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology

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Music: Sweeter Vermouth by Kevin MacLeod.

Additional Links:

-- John Hartigan's essay, "Mexican Genomics and the Roots of Racial Thinking," was published in the August 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology.

-- Find more information about his new edited volume, The Anthropology of Race: Genes, Biology, and Culture, and download an excerpt.

-- His first book, Racial Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit, was published by Princeton University Press in 1999.

-- More of Prof. Hartigan's publications are available at his homepage and at

-- Visit the American Anthropological Association's RACE: Are we so different?

-- Read the Statements on Race from the American Anthropological Association and the American Sociological Association (PDF) mentioned in the podcast.

-- Prof. Hartigan's page at Anthropology Now collects links to his writings on his blog, the Statesman, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.