Paul Rabinow

Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Paul Rabinow's work has consistently centered on modernity as a problem: problem for those seeking to live with its diverse forms, a problem for those seeking to advance or resist modern projects of power and knowledge. This work has ranged from descendants of a Moroccan saint coping with the changes wrought by colonial and post-colonial regimes, to the wide array of knowledges and power relations entailed in the great assemblage of social planning in France, to his work of the last decade on molecular biology and genomics. Previously Rabinow has worked on an NSF funded project on the "Global Biopolitics of Security" at the Molecular Sciences Institute, centering on "zones of virulence and their regulation under a security regime." His current research centers on developments in post-genomics and molecular diagnostics. It seeks to invent an analytic framework to understand the issues of bio-politics and bio-security.

last updated: March 26th, 2018