Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Oliver Rollins

Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies
University of Washington
Box: 354380


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Oliver Rollins is a qualitative sociologist who works on issues of race/racism in and through science and technology. Specifically, his research explores how racial identity, racialized discourses, and systemic practices of social difference influence, engage with, and are affected by, the making and use of neuroscientific technologies and knowledges. Rollins’s book, Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, 2021), traces the development and use of neuroimaging research on anti-social behaviors and crime, with special attention to the limits of this controversial brain model when dealing with aspects of social difference, power, and inequality. Currently, he is working on a project that examines the neuroscience of implicit bias, chiefly the challenges, consequences, and promises of operationalizing racial prejudice and identity as neurobiological processes. Rollins teaches courses on science, technology, and society; race/racisms, social inequities and health, and bioethics. Rollins received his Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.