Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Professor of the History of Science
Sarah S. Richardson (Photo by Tony Rinaldo)

On leave Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Sarah S. Richardson is Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is jointly appointed in the Department of the History of Science and the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Richardson’s research uses the tools of history, philosophy, and social studies of science to analyze how scientists, in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, understand sex and gender.

Richardson is the author of Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome (2013) and The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects (2021). She has published two edited volumes, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age (2008) and Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology After the Genome (2015), articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyStudies in History and Philosophy of Science, BioSocieties, The Hastings Report, and Biology and Philosophy, and commentaries in Nature, PNAS, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Her work has also appeared in popular forums such as Slate,, and The Boston Globe

Richardson’s research has been supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women. She is a member of the Governing Board of the International Association for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology and an Associate Editor at Signs

Courses Taught in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
CULTR&BLF 61 Gender and Science: From Marie Curie to Gamergate
GENED 1127 Gender and Science
HISTSCI 251 Feminist Science Studies
WOMGEN 98 Tutorial - Junior Year: Research and Methods
WOMGEN 1300 Approaches to Research and Writing in WGS
WOMGEN 1421 Medical Management of the Female Body
WGS 2000 Introduction to WGS: Graduate Proseminar
WOMGEN 2010 Science, Nature, and Gender

Contact Information

Boylston Hall G34
5 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-2173