A photo of Catherine BlissCatherine Bliss, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology, Rutgers University

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Dr. Catherine "Rina" Bliss is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research explores the personal and societal significance of emerging genetic sciences.

Dr. Bliss's award-winning book Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice (Stanford University Press 2012) reveals how genomics became today’s new science of race. Her second book Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics (Stanford University Press 2018) traces convergences in social and genetic science, and their implications for healthcare, education, criminal justice, and policymaking. 

Dr. Bliss is currently writing two books for a general audience. Let's Stop Calling Race a Social Construct (W.W. Norton) explains why the phrase "race is a social construct" is at once apt and inadequate to the ongoing confusion around race. The Nature of Intelligence (Harper Wave) shares insights from the burgeoning science of epigenetics to help us harness our environments to empower our minds.

Keywords: genetics, race, gender, sexuality, intelligence, eugenics