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Barbara Herr Harthorn
University of California, Santa Barbara

Barbara Herr Harthorn, Principal Investigator and Director of the CNS, is also Associate Professor of Feminist Studies , Anthropology, and Sociology at UCSB. In the CNS-UCSB she also leads IRG 3 which focuses on public, expert and media views on nanotechnologies' risks. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the new NSF/EPA UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN). In the UC CEIN she also serves as leader of IRG 7 which conducts research on nanomaterials and Environmental Risk Perception. Her research broadly examines culture and health, health inequality, and technological risk and perception; in particular she is studying the intersections of socially constructed risk with gender, ethnicity/race, and other categories of difference. Her current work in the CNS-UCSB examines nanotechnological risk perception among both experts and diverse US and comparative UK publics. Her work is published in a variety of social science, medical care, public health, environmental science and technology, technology and society, and nanoscience journals. She is editor (with Laury Oaks) of /Risk, Culture, and Health Inequality: Shifting Perceptions of Danger and Blame/ (2003). She received a doctorate in medical anthropology and transcultural psychiatry from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College; she completed postdoctoral research in social psychology at UCSB.