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[Photograph by Andreas Branch]
I am a 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 study discrimination, inequality, and resilience in vulnerable populations.
My teaching, research, and community engagement are concerned with the social, political, and ethical conditions that produce and put an end to injustice within our society.
[Photograph by Rythum Vinoben]
HOW CHRISTIAN THOUGHT BECAME RACIAL SCIENCE
"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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