Affiliated Institutions

University of California, Santa Cruz

James Battle is currently a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he works with Jenny Reardon at the Science and Justice Research Center. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley/University San Francisco Joint Medical Anthropology Program . His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of science, technology and society studies, development studies and anthropological approaches to health and the body. He applies these interests to study the political economy of genomic discourses about race, risk, health disparities. and the strategies utilized to produce, disseminate, and operationalize these discourses of heritage and heritability.

Areas of Research

Health Disparities, Genomics, Race


Coding for Culture: Developing an Ethnographic Blueprint for Building Cultural Competence in two Medical School Curricula, James Battle, PhD, Erika Schillinger, MD, , Rebecca Blankenburg , MD, Sylvia Bereknyei, DrPH, Joan Hilton, D.Sc.,Jacqueline Ramos, MA, Charlotte de Vries, MPH, Emily Weibel, BS, Clarence Braddock MD, Jason Satterfield, PhD), submitted for internal review, UCSF, 12/03/2013

Race, Genomics, and Health Disparities: Classificatory Politics and Bioethical Conscription, (book manuscript) in preparation

Inside the Technology of Appearances: Hardwiring Race, Improving Predictive Power, (article) in preparation

Sweet Salvation: The Black Church, Inclusion, and Type 2 Diabetes, (article) in preparation

Race and Anthropology, Race in Anthropology: From Race to Ancestry, Gene to Genotype. Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers Vol. 95: 1-6, 2007.

Ancient Medicine, Present Context: Learning Ayurveda in the West-Some Preliminary Impressions. (McNair Scholars Journal, January 2005)



Race, Genomics, and Health Disparities: Classificatory Politics and Bioethical Conscription