Gender, Race, Science, Technology and Citizenship

Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science


Gender and science is a vibrant field that incorporates research and advocacy on the some of the most critical issues of our time. UC Berkeley’s Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science (G&S) recognizes that the field has expanded exponentially to intersect with work in a broad range of social justice spheres as well. These spheres include the role science plays in determining public understandings of gender; gender theory as applied to medicine, the environment, militarization, the development and use of new technologies; and the role of science in sexuality studies.

This understanding of Gender and Science includes and expands on the concerns of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and the goal of getting more women into these fields. This expansion includes scholars investigating the role of gender in mitigating, exploring or treating gender differences across multiple fields and disciplines. This program is also interested in connecting scholars to resources on gender and science via more theoretical lenses including those in queer theory, feminist theory and postcolonial theory.

In this section, you will find links to:

  • History and program components of the Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science
  • People currently involved in gender and science and gender and technology research or activism at UC Berkeley and UC-wide
  • Gender and science related events co-sponsored by the Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender & Science program and hosted by CSTMS
  • A list of gender, science and technology resources such as other research programs, departments, journals, scholarships, listservs, NGOs and other resources to help you learn more about how gender relates to science and technology.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation. The G&S program is affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS) at UC Berkeley.

Veronica Sanz
Program for Gender, Race, Science, Technology and Citizenship

History and Program Components


In 2007 the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation generously funded the Li Ka Shing Foundation Fund for Gender and Women’s Studies. The fund was used to establish the Li Ka Shing Program in Gender and Science in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014 the program name changed to the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund for Gender and Women’s Studies.


The Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science includes activities such as:

  1. Supporting conferences, public lectures, and workshops advancing research on gender and science in partnership with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (see Events).
  2. Sharing resources among and information about other programs on women in science and engineering nationally and internationally (see Resources).
  3. Supporting collaborative research between scholars from UC Berkeley and from China and elsewhere on gender in science (see People).


Affiliated Faculty

UC Berkeley

Other Institutions

  • Vincanne Adams, Professor of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF
  • Adele Clarke, Professor of Sociology, Adjust Professor of History of Health Sciences, UCSF
  • Deborah Gordon, Research Specialist in the Dept. of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF
  • Sharon Kaufman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, UCSF
  • Janet Shim, Associate Professor of Sociology, UCSF
  • Elizabeth Watkins, Professor of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine; Dean of UCSF Graduate Division, UCSF

If you would like to be listed as affiliated faculty or nominate someone to be listed as affiliated faculty, please contactGillian Edgelow.

Visiting Scholars

We welcome visiting scholars from overseas, and given the provenance of the gift, from China in particular. Unfortunately these positions are unfunded, but we provide office space and other facilities for visiting scholars who have contacted a faculty sponsor and articulated a research program in gender and science. We also actively collaborate with the UC Berkeley Science, Technology, and Society Center and the Beatrice Bain Research Group for events and for sponsoring visiting scholars. If you are interested in being a Gender and Science Visiting Scholar, please contact a possible faculty mentor or one of the Centers just listed and follow their procedures. You may also write to the program director, Professor Charis Thompson, at for more information.


There are no upcoming Gender and Science Events at this time.


Gender & Science Events: Academic Year 2015-2016

Being Human in a Biotech Age
With powerful new biotechnologies now emerging, the prospect of creating humans with “better” genetic characteristics is on the horizon.  Some support these technologies as a way to “seize control of human evolution” or as an efficient means of producing “enhanced” children and future generations.  Others believe that they would encourage efforts to engineer children to specification, and that creating genetically modified humans would open the door to new forms of inequality, discrimination and conflict. This film series explores what it means to be human in a biotech age.

Films will be followed by discussions with film directors and//or faculty (all held at 4pm in 470 Stephens Hall with a discussion following):

FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (9/29)
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body.FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

Made in India (10/13)
Made in India is a feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey ofan infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the contextof a growing international industry, MADE IN INDIA explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective.

Surviving Eugenics (11/17)
Surviving Eugenics is a documentary about the history and ongoing significance of eugenics.  Anchored by survivor narratives from the province of Alberta in Canada, Surviving Eugenics provides a unique insiders’ view of life in institutions for the “feeble-minded”, and raises broader questions about disability, human variation, and contemporary social policies.

No Más Bebés (2/16)
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.

DNA Dreams (4/12)
What if you were allowed to have only one child and had the option of selecting its genes? Would you choose for a natural or a designer baby? Every day new technologies are bringing us closer a brave new world of enhanced human beings 2.0…. What kind of world will that be? The documentary DNA Dreams features a new generation of scientists at BGI, China’s leading genomics research institute. The film follows 18-year-old scientist Zhao Bowen, who wants to find the genetic basis of intelligence by analyzing the DNA of2,000 highly gifted children. At BGI’s cloning lab, 25-year-old Lin Lin produces pigs in all shapes and sizes. Deeply in love with her work, she feels “like a mother” to the piglets that are conceived under her microscope.

Sponsors: Department of Gender and Women’s StudiesCenter for Science, Technology, Medicine and SocietyThe Center for Genetics and Society

Cosponsored by Disability Studies Program, Departments of Sociology


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