Jennifer Singh

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Old CE Building G22
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Spring 2018 by appointment only


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.

  • 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
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Disease Classification And Diagnosis
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Genetic Technology
  • Genetics
  • Health Inequalities
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Science, Technology And Society
  • Sociology Of Medicine And Health


Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • North America
  • United States
  • United States - Georgia
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Autism
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Community engagement
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Genetics
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Science and Technology


  • HTS-2698: Research Assistantship
  • HTS-3082: Sociology of Science
  • HTS-3086: Soc of Medicine & Health
  • HTS-3088: Race Medicine & Science
  • 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


  • Multiple Autisms: Spectrums of Advocacy and Genomic Science
    Date: 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.

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