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I am an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles jointly appointed in the Department of African American Studies and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics in the Division of Life Sciences. I am the author of the widely acclaimed Divine Variations and the founding director of the BioCritical Studies Lab: an interdisciplinary space that combines life science research, the best of data science, and the wisdom of the humanities to explain how discrimination, inequality, and resilience are embodied in humans. 
My teaching, research, and community engagement are concerned with the social, political, and ethical conditions that produce and abolish injustice within our society.
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Red & Yellow Black & Brown Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies, by Terence Keel
Kalfou A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, by Terence Keel
Divine Variations, a book by Terence Keel
Race and Natural History 1750-1850, by Terence Keel
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Social History of Medicine Volume 28 Number 4, by Terence Keel
American Journal of Law & Medicine Critical Race Theory & the Health Sciences, by Terence Keel
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Isis A Journal of the History of Science Society, by Terence Keel
Zygon Journal of Religion & Science, by Terence Keel
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Divine Variations How Christian Though Became Racial Science, by Terence Keel


"Divine Variations brilliantly traces the roots of modern racial science to Christian intellectual history and ideology. Despite the efforts of genomic researchers to portray current biological concepts of race as purely scientific, Keel shows that these scientists are secular creationists retelling religious folklore about the origins of human life. This book is a crucial contribution to the history of racial science.
-- Dorothy Roberts, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century
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