Anthony Ryan Hatch, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University where is he is also a member of the Department of African American Studies, the College of the Environment, and the Department of Sociology. Dr. Hatch is an expert in health systems, medical technology, and social inequalities.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. 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.
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.
Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), examines how social institutions use psychotropic drugs to manage captive populations in the United States.