Oliver Rollins

Assistant Professor
Oliver Rollins

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Padelford Hall B-525
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By appointment: https://calendly.com/orollins


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Francisco, 2014
Curriculum Vitae (115.3 KB)

Oliver Rollins is a qualitative sociologist who works on issues of race/racism in and through science and technology. Specifically, his research explores how racial identity, racialized discourses, and systemic practices of social difference influence, engage with and are affected by, the making and use of neuroscientific technologies and knowledges. Rollins’s book, Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, 2021), traces the development and use of neuroimaging research on anti-social behaviors and crime, with special attention to the limits of this controversial brain model when dealing with aspects of social difference, power, and inequality. Rollins’s current projects focus on 1) the social implications and challenges of operationalizing racial prejudice, implicit bias, and identity as neurobiological processes, and 2) the politics of social justice and (neuro)science, which aims to elucidate the socio-political vulnerabilities and anti-racist promises for contemporary neuroscientific practices. Rollins teaches courses on the social (racialized) implications of science & technology; theories of race and blackness; and bioethics and biopolitics of biomedical knowledge.