Jennifer Singh, MPH, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Phone:
404-894-7445
Fax Number:
404-894-0535
Office Location:
Old CE Building G22
Overview

Jennifer S. Singh is associate professor in the School of History and Sociology. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco and specializes in medical sociology and science and technology studies. Her research investigates the intersections of genetics, health and society, which draws on her experiences of working in the biotechnology industry in molecular biology and as a public health researcher at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to research on the social and scientific understandings of diseases based on emerging medical technologies, Singh is also conducting research on the structural inequalities to autism diagnosis and services based on race, class and gender, as well as issues pertaining to transitioning adults on the autism spectrum.

Education:
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, San Francisco
  • Master of Public Health, Institute for Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Disease Classification And Diagnosis
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Genetic Technology
  • Genetics
  • Health Inequalities
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Science, Technology And Society
  • Sociology Of Medicine And Health
Interests
Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
Geographic
Focuses:
  • North America
  • United States
  • United States - Georgia
Issues:
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Autism
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Community engagement
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Genetics
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Science and Technology
Courses
  • HTS-3082: Sociology of Science
  • HTS-3086: Soc of Medicine & Health
  • HTS-3823: Special Topics
  • HTS-4086: Sem Health Med & Society
  • HTS-6123: Social & Cultural BIOMED
  • HTS-7001: Sociohistorical Analysis
  • HTS-8002: Perspectives-Tech&Sci
  • SOC-1101: Intro to Sociology
Selected Publications

Books

  • Multiple Autisms: Spectrums of Advocacy and Genomic Science

    2016

    Is there a gene for autism? Despite a billion-dollar, twenty-year effort to find out—and the more elusive the answer, the greater the search seems to become—no single autism gene has been identified. In Multiple Autisms, Jennifer S. Singh sets out to discover how autism emerged as a genetic disorder and how this affects those who study autism and those who live with it. This is the first sustained analysis of the practices, politics, and meaning of autism genetics from a scientific, cultural, and social perspective.