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Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny
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Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies. In the past five years, she has been an academic visitor at the University of Exeter (where she is currently an honorary senior fellow), the London School of Economics, and Arizona State University, and has given invited talks at major institutions including the University of Michigan, Duke University, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). Her research is considered highly interdisciplinary, scholarly, and generally accessible, evidenced by the fact that her talks are typically attended not only by academics but also members of the general public. She also is well-recognized as a scholar who can translate academic findings in ways that are relevant for students and the broader community.
Rachel has a BA in Liberal Arts (Philosophy/Maths, St John's College, Santa Fe, NM), and MA degrees in Philosophy and in Bioethics, and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (all from the University of Pittsburgh, PA). In 2006 she graduated with the degree of Master of Arts in Gastronomy (University of Adelaide) after completing a dissertation on celebratory food habits among Italo-Australian and Italian-American immigrants. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2006, she was director and lecturer/senior lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney from 2000.
Rachel teaches in the undergraduate programs in both history and politics, and in the postgraduate coursework program in food studies for which she is the Program Coordinator; she also supervises internship students as well as honours theses. In addition to the School of History and Politics, she is registered to supervise higher degree research in Philosophy, School of Humanities. She has supervised numerous successful honours, masters, and PhD candidates in HPS, bioethics, and history of food/food studies.
Rachel's research interests cross several areas and fields: the history and philosophy of science particularly biomedical/ biological sciences, bioethics and science policy, food studies, and migration history.
In the history and philosophy of science, her research focuses on the roles of models and case-based reasoning in science, model organisms, the philosophy of medicine, and the history of contemporary life sciences. Her research in bioethics examines ethical and policy issues in genetics, reproduction, women's health, transplantation, and embryo and stem cell research, among other topics. She also has expertise and ongoing research on health and science policy, particularly regarding public engagement. Rachel holds (together with Bob Cook-Deegan) an United States Studies Centre grant (2011) to examine the history and implications of the Bermuda principles for genomic data-sharing, as well as a NETS small grant to examine Australian public attitudes toward synthetic biology.
In food studies, Rachel's research interests include food ethics, food habits of women and children, food habits in the Italian diaspora, and the relationship of science to food habits. She currently holds a three-year grant Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (2011-13) entitled “What Shall We Have for Tea? Toward a New Discourse of Food Ethics in Contemporary Australia” (A$155,000) as well as small grants to examine gender and understandings of GM foods and attitudes toward future use of GM technologies in the Australian wine industry. For more details on the projects relating to food ethics, and to volunteer for research, please see http://www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/historypolitics/research/research_groups/food_ethics.html
Rachel is the lead investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant entitled "Hostel Stories: Toward a Richer Narrative of the Lived Experiences of Migrants" (2012-14) in collaboration with the Migration Museum and in partnership with the cities of Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide Enfield, State Records, and the Vietnamese Community in Australia (SA).
She previously has been an investigator on various grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, the US National Science Foundation, and the NSW Cancer Council, among other organisations. She is a member and the convener of the University of Adelaide’s Gender Panel for the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) (2010-on) and the co-convener of the University of Adelaide's Social Science Panel for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) (2011-on).
Some of these publications can be accessed via Adelaide Research and Scholarship:
Selected Recent Publications
Sabina Leonelli, Rachel A. Ankeny, Nicole Nelson, and Edmund Ramsden, “Making Organisms Model Human Behavior: Situated Models in Alcohol Research,” Science in Context, 2014, forthcoming
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Disease and Health, Concepts and Representations,” in History of Contemporary Medical Thought, ed. Bernardino Fantini and Louise L. Lambrichs. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 2014, forthcoming
Charles D. Douglas, Ian H. Kerridge, and Rachel A. Ankeny, “Narratives of Terminal Sedation, and the Importance of the Intention-Foresight Distinction in Palliative Care Practice,” Bioethics 27: 1-11, 2013
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Detecting Themes and Variations: The Use of Cases in Developmental Biology,” Philosophy of Science 79: 644-654, 2012
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Food and Ethical Consumption,” in Handbook of Food History, ed. Jeffrey Pilcher (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 461-480
Sabina Leonelli and Rachel A. Ankeny, “Re-thinking Organisms: The Impact of Databases on Model Organism Biology,” Studies in the History & Philosophy of Science 43: 29-36, 2012
Rachel A. Ankeny and Sabina Leonelli, “What’s So Special about Model Organisms?” Studies in the History & Philosophy of Science 41: 313–23, 2011
Kimberly A. Strong, Christopher F.C. Jordens, Ian H. Kerridge, J. MIles Little, and Rachel A. Ankeny, “It's Time to Reframe the Savior Sibling Debate,” AJOB Primary Research 2: 13-25, 2011
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Using Cases to Establish Novel Diagnoses: Creating Generic Facts by Making Particular Facts Travel Together,” in Mary Morgan and W.P. Howlett (eds.), How Well Do Facts Travel? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 252–72
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Historiographic Considerations on Model Organisms: Or, How the Mureaucracy May Be Limiting Our Understanding of Contemporary Genetics and Genomics,” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 32: 91–104, 2010
Renee Kyle, Susan M. Dodds, and Rachel A. Ankeny, “A Matter of Conscience? The Democratic Significance of ‘Conscience Votes’ in Legislating Bioethics in Australia,” Australian Journal of Social Issues 44: 121–44, 2009
Gabrielle Natalie Samuel, Kim Strong, Ian Kerridge, Christopher F.C. Jordens, Rachel A. Ankeny, and Peter Shaw, “What Place Do ‘Saviour Siblings’ Have in Paediatric Transplantation?” Archives of Disease in Childhood 94: 317–320, 2009
Rachel A. Ankeny and Susan Dodds, “Hearing Community Voices: Public Engagement in Australian Human Embryo Research Policy 2005–7,” New Genetics and Society 27: 217–232, 2008
Rachel A. Ankeny, “The Moral Economy of Red Meat in Australia” in Susan Friedland, ed., Food and Morality: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2007 (Blackawton, Totnes: Prospect Books, 2008), 20–28
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Wormy Logic: Model Organisms as Case-Based Reasoning,” in Angela N.H. Creager, Elizabeth Lunbeck, and M. Norton Wise, eds., Science without Laws: Model Systems, Cases, Exemplary Narratives (Chapel Hill, NC: Duke University Press, 2007), 46–58
Rachel A. Ankeny, “Individual Responsibility and Reproduction,” in Rosamond Rhodes, Leslie Francis, and Anita Silvers, eds., Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics (New York: Blackwell Press, 2006), 38–51
John E.R. Rasko, Gabrielle M. O’Sullivan, and Rachel A. Ankeny, eds., The Ethics of Inheritable Genetic Modification: A Dividing Line? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Rachel A. Ankeny, “The Rise of Molecular Gastronomy and Its Problematic Use of Science as an Authenticating Authority,” in Richard Hosking, ed., Authenticity in the Kitchen: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2005 (Blackawton, Totnes: Prospect Books, 2006), 44–52
Rachel is the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Food Studies, and serves on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences's research and postgraduate coursework committees. She also is the Associate Dean/Research for the Faculty (August 2011-on). She formerly served as the Faculty's Associate Dean/International (2009-10).
Rachel also serves as chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science of the Australian Academy of Sciences; a member of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee for the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator of the Commonwealth of Australia; committee member for the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law; chair of the Committee on Meetings and Programs for the History of Science Society; and treasurer for the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB). She also is a co-founder and organisation committee member of the international Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice, and of the International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable. She has been a frequent reviewer for numerous international granting agencies (including the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Austrian Science Fund, the British Academy, the Qatar Research Fund, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the US National Science Foundation) as well as scholarly journals across her areas of expertise. She serves on the editorial board for Endeavour and as associate editor for Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.
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