Barbara Herr Harthorn

Barbara Herr Harthorn
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HSSB 2074 (Anthropology), HSSB 2059 (Anthropology Lab)


Sociocultural Anthropology (medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, risk and perception, environmental and health inequality, science, technology and society, gender, race and new technologies, public engagement/deliberation, immigration and health, mixed methods for social research, collaborative interdisciplinary research)


PhD, Anthropology, UCLA



I am a medical and psychological anthropologist, and also hold affiliated faculty appointments in the departments of Feminist Studies and Sociology, and the Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment & Society. My current research broadly examines culture and health, technological risk and perception, and responsible development and innovation. I served from 2005-2017 as Director and lead Principal Investigator of the NSF national center, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center: Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB (CNS-UCSB), and have served since 2008 as a researcher and executive committee member in the NSF and EPA-funded national center, the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) at UCLA. I received my B.A. with Honors in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology, training primarily in the SocioBehavioral Group, now Center for Culture and Health, in the School of Medicine at UCLA. Following completion of the PhD, I completed 3 years of postdoctoral training in Social Psychology at UCSB with NIMH support.



ANTH 104: Risk & Inequality (Spring 2014, Fall 2015)

ANTH 138: The Anthropology of Environmental Health (Spring 2019)

ANTH 157L: Medical Anthropology (Winter 2015, Spring, 2018, Fall 2018)


ANTH 219: Anthropology of Risk (Spring 2015)

ANTH 240B: Research Design & Writing in Sociocultural Anthropology (Winter 2014, Winter 2016, Winter 2018, Fall 2019)

ANTH 250BH: Ecofeminism (Fall, 2017)

ANTH 250BH: Anthropology of Science, Technology and Society (Spring, 2020)