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DIGCLASS seminar series: 3rd session on genotyping technologies and social inequality

Dec 21 2021

The third session of the DIGCLASS seminar series on genotyping technologies and social inequality will take place next Tuesday, December 21st from 15.00 to 16.00 (CET) in an open-access online format. Below you can find all the details and the link to the session.


The DIGCLASS seminar series is expected to facilitate the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and debates related to social inequality, labour economics and political economy between JRC researchers and beyond by attracting external scholars, policy-makers and a general audience. 

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The Genetic Lottery and Its Implications for Social Equality


Recent advances in genotyping technology have led to discovery of specific genetic variants associated with life-course outcomes that are frequently the target of social policy, including educational attainment and criminal justice system involvement. In this talk, professor Harden will briefly review key scientific findings, describe their implications for intervening to narrow social inequalities, and describe anti-eugenic principles that can guide future policy development. 


Kathryn Paige Harden is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at UT, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-directs the Texas Twin Project. She is the author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equalitywhich was published in September by Princeton University Press. Harden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School before moving to Austin in 2009. Her research has been featured in the New York TimesWashington PostThe Atlantic, among others, and she was profiled in the New Yorker. In 2017, she was honored with a prestigious national award from the American Psychological Association for her distinguished scientific contributions to the study of genetics and human individual differences. You can follow her on Twitter at @kph3k.

Link to the recorded session