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Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Anthropology & M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley; B.S. Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Sharon Stephens First Book Prize, American Ethnological Society, American Anthropological Association, 2003
- New Millennium Book Award, Society for Medical Anthropology, 2006
- The Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems, Royal Anthropological Institute, 2014
Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices, Edited by Adriana Petryna, Andrew Lakoff, Arthur Kleinman (Duke University Press, 2006).
When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials And The Global Search For Human Subject (Princeton University Press, 2009).
- Diana Forsythe Prize, Honorable Mention, Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC), 2014
When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, Edited by João Biehl & Adriana Petryna (Princeton University Press, 2013).
Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change (Princeton University Press, 2022).
“Autocracy and Planetary Harm.” October 28, 2022. piauí/Folha de S.Paulo
“Wildfires have changed, firefighting hasn’t.” July 10, 2022. LA Times.
"What Russia Is Stirring Up at Chernobyl." March 2, 2022. The Atlantic.
"The COVID Horizon: An Introduction." co-authored with Sara Rendell. Medicine Anthropology Theory 8(1), 1-7. April 23, 2021.
"Wildfires at the Edges of Science: Horizoning Work amid Runaway Change," 2018, Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 570-595.
"Searches for Livability: An Interview with Adriana Petryna," Cultural Anthropology. Feb 6, 2019. Interview by Pablo Seward Delaporte and Sonia A. P. Grant (supplement to research article "Wildfires at the Edges of Science: Horizoning Work amid Runaway Change," published in Cultural Anthropology in November 2018).
"On the Nature of Catastrophic Forms" with Paul W. Mitchell. BioSocieties. 2017. 2(3):343-366.
“What is a Horizon? Navigating Thresholds in Climate Change Uncertainty,” Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases. P. Rabinow and L. Samimian-Darash, eds. Chicago University Press. 2015:147-164.
"Risks of Citizenship and Fault Lines of Survival" with K. Follis. Annual Review of Anthropology. 2015. 44:401-417.
“How Did They Survive?” New Introduction for Tenth Anniversary paperback edition of Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013:1-19.
"Peopling Global Health" (with J. Biehl), Revista Saúde e Sociedade. 2014. 23 (2):376-389.
"The Right of Recovery," Current Anthropology (based on Wenner-Gren Symposium, The Anthropology of Potentiality). 2013, 54(S7):S67-S76.
"The Origins of Extinction" Limn, 2013:50-53.
“Paradigms of Expected Failure,” Dialectical Anthropology, 2010, 34:57–65.
"Ethical Variability: Drug Development and the Globalization of Clinical Trials.” American Ethnologist, 2005, 32(2):183-197.
"Clinical Trials Offshored: On Private Sector Science and Public Health." BioSocieties, 2007, 2:21-40.
"Biological Citizenship: The Science and Politics of Chernobyl-Exposed Populations." Osiris, 2004, 19: 250-265.
"Chernobyl's Survivors: Paralyzed by Fatalism or Overlooked by Science?" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. March/April 2011 67: 30-37.
“Nuclear Payouts: Knowledge and Compensation in the Chernobyl Aftermath,” Anthropology Now, 2009, 1(2):30-40.
Read an interview with Dr. Adriana Petryna about When Experiments Travel
Read an interview with Dr. Adriana Petryna about Chernobyl and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident
Read about "Philly as lab, classroom, and collaborator"
Read about the MD-PhD Program in Anthropology
Recently Taught Courses
Introduction to Medical Anthropology; Cultures of Science and Technology; Local Biologies: Interactions between Biological and Cultural Systems; Pharmaceuticals and Global Health; Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives; Anthropology of the Environment
Planetary Health; Advanced Topics in Science and Technology; Theory in Contemporary Ethnography; Cultures of Medicine: Care at the Limits of Life and Death; Rethinking Healing; Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Culture and Society; Formations of the Public
ANTH2060 Cultures of Science and Technology
ANTH1238 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH5540 Truth, Politics, Ethics: Anthropological Cases
ANTH6010 Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Culture and Society
ANTH2730 Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives
ANTH3429 Anthropology of the Environment
Anthropology Department Faculty; Faculty Mentor and Associate, Penn Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP); Faculty Associate, History and Sociology of Science; Faculty Advisor, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities; Affiliated Faculty, Russian and East European Studies; Director, MD-PhD Program Anthropology.