Jessica Cussins graduated with Highest Distinction from UC Berkeley in 2012,
earning her B.A. with a major in Sociocultural Anthropology and a minor in Peace and Conflict
Studies. As a student, she worked for a non-profit organization addressing the issue of access to scientific education in public
schools. Since graduation, she previously worked for CGS undertaking research and analysis of technical and policy developments in human genetic and reproductive technologies, as well as taking the lead on event planning, media, and communications initiatives. She is interested in the intersection of human biotechnologies with social and political dynamics, specifically in how advances in assisted reproductive technologies and genomics blur traditional lines between personal choice, public policy, and market influence, and the implications of these shifts for racial, gender, health, and economic disparities. She is a regular blogger at Biopolitical Times, Psychology Today, and the Huffington Post.