Welcome to the Emancipatory Sciences Lab!
EDGE Runners: GSA
In the second installment of our Edge Runners series, get ready to learn about everything from identity and meaning making for bisexual older adults, stories of surviving and thriving from trans folks in their 60s and 70s, how the microbiome impacts cancer treatment, and a social robot named Lovot. Join Brittney Pond and Nicholas DiCarlo as they chat with incredible scholars at the Gerontological Society of America's annual conference.
Edge Runners: ASA
In our new series, Edge Runners, we take you with us out into the field to learn from the experts. For our first episode, join Emancipatory Sciences Lab fellows Brittney Pond and Rebecca Wolfe as they speak with a wide variety of scholars at the American Sociological Association annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. We discuss topics from video games to credit scores, the KKK to hip-hop. Come and learn with us!
#FeaturedFriday spotlights folks in our network & their contributions toward #EmancipatorySciences. This week, we're featuring SFSU Criminal Justice Studies' Dr. Dilara Yarbrough. Learn more about Dr. Yarbrough & her work!
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What are Emancipatory Sciences?

Emancipatory sciences aim to advance knowledge and the realization of dignity, access, equity, healing, and social justice through individual and collective agency and social institutions.

Theory, research, and practice demand attention to inequality, power, and action. An imperative is accessible public knowing of the individual and social consequences of major policy and institutional forces in relation to health, aging, and generations across the life course. Scholarship and practice from the perspective of public goods alters the way we think, examine, and work.

Our shared commitment is to foster a critical imagination and advance praxis that promotes healing and the reality of a just society. 


What is the Emancipatory Sciences Lab?

The Emancipatory Sciences Lab aims to highlight the work of scholars and practitioners who advance the rights of marginalized people and subjugated discourses by interrogating power structures, building knowledges of anti-oppression, and encouraging activist-scholar approaches to research, policy, and practice.

Emancipatory sciences benefit from the work of scholars and practitioners who join critique, conflict, and crisis debates with focus on social struggles as sources of emancipatory and non-emancipatory responses. 


Our Research

Our research, advocacy, and activism span across disciplines and is rooted in fields and frameworks such as:


Aging and Society


Clinical Practices


Gender and Sexualities

Political Economy



Race and Ethnicity

Social Movements and Resistance



Our Story

Through research, teaching, and public service, professor emerita Dr. Carroll L. Estes has devoted her career to improving the health and economic security of vulnerable and underserved populations, giving special attention to women, older persons, and communities of color.

Her story highlights the importance of and need for emancipatory sciences.