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Photo of Jonathan Chernoguz Jonathan Chernoguz is currently working on a Master's degree at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard University. Prior to becoming a consultant, he worked with CGS on posting recent news, contributing blog posts to the Biopolitical Times, and compiling student resource pages since his sophomore year at UC Berkeley. He has been interested in the history of eugenics since learning about the movement in high school and has worked to incorporate a lesson on the history of eugenics in California, with specific attention to coercive sterilization, into the state's high school curriculum.

Photo of Jessica Cussins Jessica Cussins has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work has focused on ethical and political issues at the intersection of health, technology, and policy. She writes for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Biopolitical Times. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaCussins and check out her website.

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Emily Galpern, MPH, is a consultant with more than 20 years’ experience coordinating policy coalitions and campaigns; facilitating groups of adults and young people; planning and leading trainings and conferences; and developing materials for educational and advocacy purposes. She has worked extensively with women, young people, immigrants, people of color, workers, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Areas of expertise include the intersection of bioethics with reproductive health rights and justice; building bridges between social justice movements; as well as health disparities and inequities in public health and youth development. Clients and partners have included community-based organizations, movement-building organizations, universities, government agencies, policymakers, health systems, and unions. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her MPH from San Francisco State University.


Photo of Leah Lowthorp Leah Lowthorp, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon in the Department of Anthropology. Her prior posts include Program Manager and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at Center for Genetics and Society as well as an appointment in the Folklore and Mythology program at Harvard University. As a folklorist and anthropologist, Leah’s work has spanned the impact of global cultural policy on artist communities in South Asia, community advocacy and the arts, and critique of South Asian population genetics research. She has taught on the intersections of the arts and social justice, gender, nationalism, intellectual property, and globalization at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Leah’s interests include the cultural underpinnings of biopolitical processes, the social justice implications of human reproductive and genetic technologies, and the ways in which biopolitical narratives are circulated both online and face-to-face. Leah received a BA with high honors in Anthropology and English from UC Berkeley; an MA in International Studies from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to France; and her PhD in Folklore and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Photo of Pete Shanks Pete Shanks, MA, attended Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and moved to California in the mid-1970s. He has been active in a range of local and international political movements, while mostly making his living in the publishing industry, especially on the production side; he enjoys the craft of bookmaking. Appalled by the eugenic possibilities of biotechnology, he has consulted with the Center for Genetics and Society since its earliest days. He is the author of Human Genetic Engineering: A Guide for Activists, Skeptics, and the Very Perplexed (Nation Books) and a regular contributor to Biopolitical Times.