Catherine Bliss

Assistant Professor


Dr. Catherine Bliss is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Francisco. Her research explores the sociology of race, gender and sexuality in science and society. Bliss's award winning book Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice (Stanford University Press 2012) examines how genomics became today’s new science of race. Her latest book project examines convergences in social and genetic science in the postgenomic age, including implications for equality, identity, and belonging.

Honors and Awards: 
National Science Foundation 2015 - 2018 Investigator Award
UC Center for New Racial Studies 2014 - 2015 Faculty Research Award
American Sociological Association 2014 - 2014 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2011 - 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedicine, Medical Humanities, and Science and Technology Studies
Brown University 2011 - 2012 Faculty Lectureship Award
Brown University 2010 - 2011 Francis Wayland Collegium Grant
Andrew Mellon Foundation 2009 - 2011 Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
New School for Social Research 2009 - 2009 Alfred Schutz Memorial Award in Philosophy and Sociology


Bliss, Catherine. . Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice. 2012.
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