Ass. Prof. Samuel K. Roberts (Colombia University): Creating the ‘Black American Junkie’: Race, Space, and Epidemiological Thinking in Illicit Drug Use Research, 1950-1980

Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr., is visiting the Science Studies Colloquium Series. Roberts is Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences. He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, medical and public health history, urban history, issues of policing and criminal justice, and the history of social movements.

The seminar is open for everyone!

Discussing a chapter of his forthcoming book, Prof. Roberts argues that the instability of addiction studies in the United States between 1950 and the 1980s emerged in large part from the political volatility of postwar racial politics. This was the case especially where social scientific concepts of cultural deprivation and familial dysfunction were able to influence addiction research.
Published June 23, 2019 4:49 PM - Last modified Feb. 17, 2020 6:48 PM