Diane B. paul
Diane B. Paul is Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Boston and Research Associate, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Since retiring from UMass Boston in Dec. 2003, she has held visiting appointments in the Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia (2005), the Program in Ethics and Health, Harvard Medical School (2006-2007), the Zoology Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ (2008; 2013; 2014, 2015), the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics (2009), the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2010), the Community Genetics section of the Vrige University Medical Center, Amsterdam (2012; 2013), Arizona State University (2016) and the University of Edinburgh (2016). Her research has principally focused on the histories of evolution and genetics, especially as they relate to eugenics and the nature-nurture debate. She has also published policy-oriented work on issues in contemporary prenatal and neonatal genetic testing, including newborn screening for phenylketonuria and other inherited disorders, and (with geneticist Hamish Spencer) debates over consanguineous marriage. Her books include Controlling Human Heredity: 1865 to the Present (1995), The Politics of Heredity: Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate (1998), The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease (with Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, 2013) and, most recently, the edited volume Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa (with John Stenhouse and Hamish Spencer, 2017). Current projects include studies of the history of eugenics and race in New Zealand and of issues arising from the "pro-information" movement in prenatal genetic counseling.