Troy Duster, Ph.D.


Troy Duster

Professor of Sociology, New York University

295 Lafayette St., Rm. 4143
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-8882
troy.duster@nyu.edu

Troy Duster is currently a professor of sociology at New York University and he also holds an appointment as Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is past chair of the Board of Directors of AAC&U, and a member of the AAAS Committee on Germ- Line Intervention. He is President-elect of the American Sociological Association. A former member of the Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, he has served on the Committee on Social and Ethical Impact of Advances in Biomedicine, Institute of Medicine. From 1996-98, he served as chair of the joint NIH/DOE advisory committee on Ethical, Le gal and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project (The ELSI Working Group). He is the former director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California at Berkeley.

Troy's books and monographs include The Legislation of Morality (1970), Aims and Control of the Universities (1974), Cultural Perspectives on Biological Knowledge (coedited with Karen Garrett, 1984), and Backdoor to Eugenics (Routledge, 1990), a book on the social implications of the new technologies in molecular biology. The second edition of Backdoor to Eugenics will be published in September (2003). He is also the author of a number of works including articles in Politics and the Life Sciences, The Genetic Frontier: Ethics, Law and Policy, and DNA and Crime: Applications of Molecular Biology in Forensics. His most recent publications on this topic are "The Sociology of Science and the Revolution in Molecular Biology," in J. Blau, ed., Blackwell Companion to Sociology, 2001, and "The Social Consequences of Genetic Disclosure," in Ronald Carson and Mark Rothstein, eds., Culture and Biology, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Backgrounder:

Some Social Implications of the Molecular Biological Revolution