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Hannah Landecker holds a joint appointment in the Life and Social Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles, where she is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics.  A historian and sociologist of the life sciences, she is particularly interested in bringing biological knowledge and methods into the social sciences in new ways, and reimagining how archival and ethnographic methods might inform and shape investigations in the molecular sciences.  Her work on antimicrobial resistance has focused on the social and the biological record of past antimicrobial use in relation to one another, reflected in two pieces in the AMIS Essential Readings section.  Her research interests include the history and sociology of the metabolic sciences including the harnessing of microbial metabolism for food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, the intersections of antimicrobial resistance and armed conflict in the past and present, the economic and biogeochemical history of arsenic, and the relationships between AMR and industrial metal and disinfectant pollution more generally.   This interest in anthropogenic biologies extends to the intersection between environmental conditions and reproduction; Hannah is co-director of the UCLA EpiCenter for Epigenetics, Reproduction and Society, and is a senior editor at the BioSocieties, a journal dedicated to the social, ethical, and policy implications of developments in the life sciences.

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