Leah Lowthorp

Leah Lowthorp, PhD, joined CGS from 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.

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Publications

By Marcy Darnovsky, Leah Lowthorp, and Katie Hasson , OpenGlobalRights | 02.15.2018

What do recent advances in molecular genetics have to do with human rights? Quite a lot, it turns out. And...

Biopolitical Times

A prestigious group of French researchers in genetics, neurobiology, and the history and sociology of science recently published a statement...

Singapore’s Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC) recently announced that it is seeking public feedback about the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques...

A recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics argues that controversial nuclear genome transfer techniques (aka mitochondrial replacement, mitochondrial...

Talks and Testimonies

Marcy presents in front of full of lecture hall full of students

The Center for Genetics and Society receives numerous invitations to speak in person and via video link to high school,...

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During the 128th American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Program Manager Leah Lowthorp presented her paper which explores the relationship between folklore and...