Anthony Ryan Hatch, PhD
Faculty Scholars Program Committee

Anthony Ryan Hatch, PhD

  • Professor of Science and Technology Studies
  • Chair, College of Science and Technology Studies
  • Director, Black Box Labs
  • Wesleyan University

Anthony Ryan Hatch, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the College of Science and Technology Studies at Wesleyan University with affiliations in the Departments of African American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Sociology. He is the author of Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Dr. Hatch earned his AB in philosophy from Dartmouth College, held both pre- and post-doctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, worked as a public health educator and researcher, and earned his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Hatch lectures widely on health systems, medical technology, and social inequalities, appearing in the PBS documentary Blood Sugar Rising. He served as the 2023 William Allan Neilson Chair of Research at Smith College and received the 2022 Robin W. Williams Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Eastern Sociological Society. He is a co-lead within the Sydney Center for Healthy Societies, a member of the Health and Social Equity Collective at King’s College London and the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network at Rutgers University, and is a fellow in The Hastings Center. Dr. Hatch serves on national and international scientific advisory boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Research Advisory Council. Dr. Hatch is a member of a National Academy of Medicine ad hoc committee creating a governance framework for equity in emerging technologies in health and medicine. 

At Wesleyan, Dr. Hatch is the founding director of Black Box Labs, an undergraduate research and training laboratory that offers students qualitative research training in science and technology studies and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty research on technology and inequality. Dr. Hatch served as faculty coordinator for the Sustainability & Environmental Justice Pedagogical Initiative and as faculty advisor to the College of Engineering and Design Studies, Center for Prison Education, Creative Campus Initiative, and the Embodying Antiracism Initiative. 

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Committee Member Q & A

We asked each Committee Member four questions to gain insight into who they are and what they value in bioethics scholarship and the Faculty Scholars Program.

What professional activity or accomplishment are you most proud of?

Collaborating with young scholars to study the social and political forces that shape scientific research, biomedical technologies, and health inequalities.

In your work, how have you engaged with people who face bioethics dilemmas in their professional activities or personal lives?

I started my career as a qualitative interviewer and public health educator and interventionist in community-based research at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. My job then was to help people navigate the political determinants of health and learn more about our culture that is inimical to the people’s health. As a university professor, I have an extraordinary opportunity to educate and train the next generation of allied health scientists, civic leaders, and advocates as we envision and build a more equitable and just society.

Who has been affected by your work in bioethics?

I hope that my research and teaching impacts clinicians, policy makers, students and everyday people.

What do you view as the greatest strength of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program?

I believe the greatest strength of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program lies is its work to center ethical concerns within biomedicine and public health research and practice by providing robust and enduring support for the nation’s most brilliant junior scholars.