Anthony Ryan Hatch is Associate Professor of Science in Society at Wesleyan University where is he is also a member of the African American Studies Program, the College of the Environment, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. An expert in health care, medicine, science, technology, culture, power, and social inequality, Dr. Hatch’s areas of interest are science and technology studies, medical humanities, critical race theory, radical ecology, and sociology of knowledge.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Professor Hatch began his career in community-based public heath research and education at Emory University, working on projects related to drug use, HIV/AIDS, and community health. He received his AB in philosophy from Dartmouth College and both his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park. While a doctoral student at Maryland, he held a Minority Fellowship from the American Sociological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health and completed his thesis under the direction of Dr. Patricia Hill Collins. From 2009-2015, he was a member of the faculty in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University and held a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral training fellowship at Morehouse School of Medicine focused on substance use, mental health, and HIV/AIDS in prison systems. In 2012, he participated in the Summer Research Institute at The Ohio State University’s Criminal Justice Research Center and subsequently joined the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network. He joined the faculty at Wesleyan in 2015.
Professor Hatch is the author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) which critiques how biomedical scientists, government researchers, and drug companies use concepts of race and ethnicity to study and treat metabolic syndrome. This research has been featured in “Health Care and Racism: A Toxic Mix,” RisingUpWithSonali.com, Information is the Best Medicine, and The Scientist Magazine.
His published writing on race, science, biotechnology, and health includes: “Metabolic Syndrome, Research, and Race,” in The Scientist Magazine, “The Metabolic Fetish” in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, “Technoscience, Racism, and the Metabolic Syndrome” in Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society, “New Technologies of Resistance: Racial Power and Protest in the United States” in Radical History Review, “Transformations of Race in Science: Critical Race Theory, Scientific Racism, and the Logic of Colorblindness” in Issues in Race and Society.
His second book, Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming Spring 2019), examines how social institutions use psychotropic drugs to manage captive populations in the United States. You can watch his 2018 Wesleyan Tedx talk “How Social Institutions Get Hooked on Drugs.”
His published writing related to Silent Cells and criminology are: “Prisons Matter: Psychotropics and the Trope of Silence in Technocorrections,” Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism and “Solider, Elder, Prisoner, Ward: Psychotropics in the Era of Transinstitutionalization” in 50 Years After Deinstitutionalization: Mental Illness in Contemporary Communities, and “Obscuring Sexual Crime: Examining Media Representations of Sexual Violence in Megan’s Law” in Criminal Justice Studies.
In Fall 2017, he held a faculty fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan that led to his co-creation with Wesleyan students and Ernesto Cuevas, Jr. of Black Phoenix Rising: Death and Resurrection of Black Lives, a multimedia, digital scholarship, and cultural arts project that explores the aesthetic contours of antiracist scholarship and resistance. A Black Phoenix Rising Art Experience was featured in the Ezra and and Cecilia Zilkha Art Gallery (South Gallery) February 22-February 25, 2018 in Middletown, CT.
Professor Hatch is developing a new book project that examines the development of the artificial pancreas and the future of diabetes medicine.
You can watch his 2016 Wesleyan Thinks Big talk, titled On Serving Others: Labor and Justice in the New Gilded Age and read his Faculty Reflection on the themes of failure and grace at Wesleyan’s 2017 Senior Voices (a.k.a. Baccalaureate).