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Amy Hinterberger

Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: +44 (0) 24765 73416
Room: E0.22

University of Warwick
Department of Sociology
Social Sciences, E0.22
United Kingdom


Areas of Research:

Sociology of science and medicine
Biotechnology and society
History of 20th and 21st century life sciences

Amy Hinterberger is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Amy has an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining Warwick in 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and University of London. Her research draws on sociology and the social studies of science to examine twentieth and twenty-first century life sciences and biomedicine. She is currently working on a Wellcome Trust funded project which investigates how the category human is defined, approached and governed in context of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, looking particularly at interspecies mammalian chimeras. Other ongoing research includes changing forms of ownership and property in the life sciences and the intersections between genetics and identity.

Amy is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. She was a 2017 Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. In 2014 she was a Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Brocher Foundation, Research Development Fund at the University of Warwick and University of London.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Hinterberger, A. 2017. 'Marked "h" for human: Chimeric life and the politics of the human'. BioSocieties. Advanced online publication:

Hinterberger, A. 2016. ‘Regulating Estrangement: Human-animal chimeras in post-genomic biology’. Science, Technology & Human Values. Advanced online publication

Davies, G.F. et al. 2016. ‘Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare.’ PLoS ONE 11(7):e0158791.

Hinterberger, A and Natalie Porter. 2015. ‘Genomic and Viral Sovereignty: Tethering the Materials of Global BiomedicinePublic Culture, 27(2): 361-386.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. ‘Investing in Life, Investing in Difference: Nations, Populations and Genomes’. Theory, Culture and Society, 29(3): 72–93.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. ‘Publics and Populations: The Politics of Ancestry and Exchange in Genome Science’. Science as Culture, 21(4): 528-549.

Hinterberger, A 2007. ‘Feminist Theory and the Politics of Representation: Towards a Critical and Ethical Encounter with “others”’ Journal of International Women’s Studies, 8 (2): 74-83.
2008 Revised version reprinted in Feminism: Theories and Impact. Debashree Mukherje Ed. Kolkata: Icfai University Press, 105-118.

Book Chapters

Hinterberger, A. 2017. ‘Molecular Multicultures’. Handbook of Biology and Society, Eds. Meloni, M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, D., Lloyd, J. Palgrave Macmillan, 251-268.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. 'Categorisation, Census and Multiculturalism: Molecular Politics and the Material of Nation'. Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision between DNA, Race, and History, Keith Wailoo, Alondra Nelson, & Catherine Lee Eds. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 204-224.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. 'Agency'. Gender: The Key Concepts, Mary Evans and Caroline Williams, Eds. London: Routledge, pp. 7-13.

Hinterberger, A. 2010. 'The Genomics of Difference and the Politics of Race in Canada'. What's the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference. Ian Whitmarsh and David S. Jones, Eds. Cambridge: MIT University Press, 147-186.

Review Essays and Commentaries in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Hinterberger, A. 2014. Commentary on Major Article, ‘Nation and the Absent Presence of Race in Latin American Genomics’ by Peter Wade et al. Current Anthropology 55(5): 511-512.

Hinterberger, A. 2013. ‘Curating Postcolonial Critique’. Review Essay for The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader, Ed. Sandra Harding, London and Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. Social Studies of Science 43: 619-627.


Hinterberger, A. 2011. ‘Human-Animal chimeras’. The Constitutional Foundations of Bioethics: Cross-National Comparisons. Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS), Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 10 November.

Smart, A., Hinterberger, A., Efstathiou, S., and Rose, N. 2009. The social and ethical implications of categorising populations in human genomics: An international symposium report. BIOS Working Paper Series, London School of Economics (LSE).

Public Scholarship and Media

Williams, R & Hinterberger, A 2016, Arguing with Justice: Brexit and Biomedicine, Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. Available at:

Hinterberger, A., 2014. ‘Conversations with... Hannah Jones’. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, 1(2), pp.154-164. Available at: