Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Anthropology
Adriana Petryna is a medical anthropologist, specializing in the social and political dimensions of science and medicine in the United States and Eastern Europe. Petryna is the undergraduate chair of the Department of Anthropology, a faculty forum member in the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and an associate at Penn’s Center for Bioethics. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and came to Penn in 2006 from the New School for Social Research.
She is the author of Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl, which won the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, as well as the Sharon Stephens First Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society. Her latest work, When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, explores patient protections in the context of global clinical trials. She was also the co-editor of Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices.